Freight in the City is delighted to welcome MP Rob Flello as keynote speaker to open next month’s Spring Summit in Birmingham.

The Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Freight Transport, as well as being a member of the House of Commons Transport Committee.

He has recently taken part in a hotly debated inquiry into urban traffic congestion, calling for research to be undertaken into whether newly constructed cycle lanes are a help or a hindrance to reducing congestion.

More than 350 visitors have already booked their free place to attend the Freight in the City Spring Summit, which will address the issue of improving last-mile freight journeys in urban areas.

A full day’s speaker programme features projects taking place in the West Midlands region, Birmingham City, Greater Manchester, Southampton and London.

You’ll also hear from a number of operators about best practice delivery operations already helping mitigate the impact of freight on city environments, as well as a look at some of the emerging trends to hit the sector.

In between sessions, make sure you take time to visit the exhibition area and check out the latest vehicles, equipment and services to aid your urban haulage operation.

For early birds, looking to make the most of the exhibition and networking opportunities, Mercedes-Benz will also be making sure a bacon roll is available for you to enjoy from 8.15am.

Freight in the City Spring Summit takes place on 1 March at Edgbsaton Stadium. It is free to attend, but you must register to secure your place.