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 […]

Carbon emissions

Transdek to showcase its latest urban double-deck trailer for Eddie Stobart at Freight in the City

September 29, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transdek UK is exhibiting its latest urban double deck trailer for Eddie Stobart at the Freight in the City Expo next month at London’s Alexandra Palace. The company said the trailer can carry 100% more load than conventional forms of urban freight transport and offers the capability to cut delivery frequencies in half, reducing congestion, noise and pollution. Freight in the City is a free-to-attend one-day expo that will bring together local authorities, suppliers and freight transport operators to explore […]


Transport for London explores options to boost road capacity through more strategic freight journeys

September 16, 2015 Ashleigh Wight

Transport for London (TfL) hopes to increase capacity on London’s road network by encouraging the use of freight consolidation centres and urging the retiming of deliveries to commercial and domestic premises. Paul Strang, TfL’s senior strategy and planning manager (freight and fleet), told delegates at this week’s Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum UK freight policy seminar that TfL is looking at ways of reducing the freight sector’s demand for the road network as the city’s population grows. Strang said […]


Low-carbon champions recognised for their achievements in vehicle design and operations

September 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

Pioneers in the design, engineering and operation of low-carbon vehicles were recognised at the annual Low Carbon Champions Awards last week at Milton Keynes. TV personality, writer and blogger Robert Llewellyn – who starred in Red Dwarf and Scrapheap Challenge – was Master of Ceremonies, presenting the Awards at the Double Tree by Hilton, MK Dons Stadium, at a networking dinner attended by more than 380 industry representatives and low-carbon transport stakeholders. Winning the event’s top accolade, the ‘Grand Prix’ […]

Air quality

Cleaner freight to play its part in delivering government’s air quality strategy

September 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

Cleaner freight deliveries will play an important role in helping the government achieve the aims set out in its draft national air quality strategy launched this week. A series of national and local measures have been combined to create a UK action plan to bring levels of nitrogen dioxide within EU legal limits by 2020, or by 2025 in Greater London. Road transport remains the dominant source of pollution in areas where the UK is exceeding European legal NO2 limits, […]

Alternative fuels

UPS to trial range-extended electric vehicle on London operation

September 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

UPS has launched its first range-extended electric delivery vehicle for initial trials in the UK, developed in collaboration with TEVVA Motors. Range-extending technology allows electric vehicles to go further, serving routes that would otherwise be beyond the capability of a conventional electric vehicle. Since June 2014, UPS has worked with TEVVA Motors to develop a prototype, as part of the global courier’s focus on alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. A small, highly-efficient diesel engine acts as a generator to […]

Air quality

Two days to go until the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle Event 2015

September 7, 2015 Laura Hailstone

In under 48 hours time the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV) Event 2015 will welcome over 2,500 visitors to Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire for the annual two-day exhibition, seminar and ride & drive experience. Last year’s event set a new record attendance with 2,451 visitors, and this year Cenex is anticipating beating this record. Taking place on 9 and 10 September 2015, the event attracts a range of delegates from the automotive and energy & infrastructure sectors, government & […]

Alternative fuels

Commercially-viable exhaust heat recovery system for trucks under development

September 3, 2015 Hayley Pink

The University of Brighton and engineering company Libertine are developing a commercially-viable exhaust heat recovery system for HGVs. Part-funded by the government through Innovate UK, the heat recovery project uses a pair of Libertine’s linear free-piston expanders to convert waste exhaust heat into electrical power. Dr Rob Morgan (pictured), project lead and reader in the university’s School of Computing, Engineering & Mathematics, said: “The free-piston system offers efficiency and cost benefits over conventional turbine and screw expanders, thereby increasing market […]