Last-mile deliveries

Transport for West Midlands looks to keep road network ‘running at its maximum’

February 15, 2017 Christopher Walton

Birmingham needs to think radically if it is to reduce congestion, lower noise and improve air quality – without damaging the strength of the regional economy – according to Transport for West Midlands. Speaking exclusively to, Laura Shoaf, MD of Transport for West Midlands, said: “Being at the centre of the road network and of the rail network gives us a competitive advantage in terms of attracting and retaining businesses, and freight plays a huge part in the regional […]


TfL head of freight to step down next month

September 28, 2016 Emma Shone

TfL’s head of freight and fleet programming, Ian Wainwright, will step down at the end of October. He will leave TfL on 28 October, after 11 years with the business. During his time in the freight role, Wainwright was a key player in the success of the London 2012 Olympics logistics. TfL head of surface transport Leon Daniels said: “Ian was a key player in the development of the original London Freight Plan and led the freight team during the […]

Road infrastructure

Greater Manchester freight forum builds momentum

June 13, 2016 Hayley Pink

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has taken the first steps towards creating the city region’s first-ever freight forum. Last month it hosted a workshop to find out what challenges logistics firms faced when operating across the 10-district region, and to define the sector’s role in Manchester’s economic growth plans. Helen Smith, head of logistics and environment at TfGM, said it was “an exciting time” for the region bringing opportunities for operators through projects like the Atlantic Gateway, as well as […]


Highways England wants feedback on key roads challenges facing logistics operators and customers

November 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

Highways England is keen to hear from transport planners, fleet operators and drivers about the best method to interact with them about the latest road network information. It also wants to find out exactly what facts and intelligence operators need, as well as gain a better understanding of the key roads challenges facing them in their day-to-day activities and the impact on their businesses. An online survey was launched at last week’s Freight in the City Expo in London by […]

Strategic freight planning

Operators asked to voice opinions to shape Transport for the North freight strategy

October 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for the North (TfN) is seeking the views of operators to help shape the UK’s first pan-regional freight and logistics strategy. The new strategy is expected to enable TfN to determine the steps that are required, in terms of network and policy development, to realise the freight and logistics industry’s potential. Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal have been appointed to lead the project. Data is required from operators in three key areas: Strengths and opportunities; Constraints and issues; What […]

Strategic freight planning

Transport for the North announces new chief executive will be Merseytravel’s David Brown

October 14, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for the North (TfN) has chosen Merseytravel director general David Brown as its new chief executive. He will lead the organisation as it develops a new strategy for transforming the northern economy through better transport connectivity between the city regions, which is due to be published in March 2016. An interim progress report on the new strategy will be released later this autumn. TfN is also seeking to appoint an independent chair by the end of the year, with […]

Air quality

West London Boroughs collaborate to create new sustainable freight strategy

October 6, 2015 Hayley Pink

Development of a new freight strategy to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of goods movements across west London is underway. The West London Freight Strategy is being devised by transport consultancy Aecom on behalf of the WestTrans Partnership, which is formed of the six west London Boroughs of Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. The purpose of the freight strategy is to create a series of measures to boost efficiency and drive down freight miles across […]