Responding to the release today of National Infrastructure Commission’s interim Freight report Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group – the trade body for ports handling 75% of the UK’s seaborne trade – commented “The UK Major Ports Group welcomes today’s interim Freight report by the National Infrastructure Commission.
Freight is vital to UK industry and all our daily lives, with most main freight routes anchored on our major ports. Yet it is often a victim of its own success – overshadowed by other sectors and issues which run less smoothly. It’s great to see the NIC not only recognising the vital role freight plays but also the world class nature of the UK freight transport sectors.
The UK Major Ports Group particularly welcomes the NIC’s focus on the need for greater recognition of freight in strategic spatial planning. UKMPG has been calling for better recognition of the UK’s Strategic Freight Network and will release research in January on the big prize to the UK from more planning and operational focus on this Network.”
The NIC report can be found here: http://www.nic.org.uk/news/report-shows-need-to-tackle-carbon-and-congestion-caused-by-ever-greater-demands-for-deliveries/