FTA calls on next London Mayor to improve infrastructure

Ahead of the next London Mayor elections this year, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has called on the next person in post to work more closely with the logistics sector to make London cleaner, safer and more efficient.

The FTA has released a report called Logistics for London that asks the next Mayor to ensure Logistics forms a key element of transport planning in the Capital.

Denise Beedell, Policy Manager for Vans and Urban at FTA, comments: “Logistics is at the heart of the everyday functioning of London and we call on the next Mayor of London to work closely with the logistics industry to make the capital a better place to live, work and visit. Logistics can, and must, be part of the solution to meet emissions reduction targets, improve road safety and boost supply chain efficiency. Our industry keeps London supplied with goods and services, clears the waste, supports jobs and the keeps the capital going, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

High quality infrastructure and better traffic management would form a central role in minimising emissions, improving road safety and managing road congestion.

Ms Beedell continues: “Businesses, residents and visitors to London all depend on reliable and efficient logistics to provide the food, clothes, documents, medicines and construction materials the city needs to operate. And with many new freight-based initiatives in the pipeline, such as the expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone and the Direct Vision Standard, there is an urgent need to create a vision for enabling efficient logistics and to develop a world-class freight and logistics environment in the capital. That is why, in the view of FTA, a dedicated Freight Commissioner is necessary to ensure all schemes are designed holistically and adopted consistently across the capital.  A strong, interconnected supply chain is vital for a city as diverse and complicated as London, and with the city growing at such a rapid rate, a Freight Commissioner would provide important oversight for the whole process, to the benefit of all residents, businesses and consumers affected by the movement of goods and services.”

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