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Transport for the North strategy will benefit supply chain, says Logistics UK


Transport for the North's Strategic Plan will boost the region's economy, but only if the supply chain's role is placed squarely in the middle of the north’s ambitions for business success, according to Logistics UK.

In its response to the consultation, submitted on 18 August, the business group has expressed its support for the plan but urged policy makers to continue their recognition of the importance of the logistics industry within the northern economy. 

Jonathan Walker, Head of Cities and Infrastructure Policy at Logistics UK, comments: “The TfN draft strategic transport plan will play a significant role in developing the north’s current transport network and provides a clear understanding of how freight is essential to this. 

“Logistics UK is asking for an even greater integration of freight to be acknowledged within northern transport decision making, so that the logistics industry is not forced to operate in a silo. It is also vital that improvements to rail passenger connectivity can also benefit logistics movements.”  

With the 2050 government deadline for net zero drawing ever closer, it is crucial that the north is not overlooked when it comes to financial decision making.  

Mr Walker continues: “The north desperately needs long-term support and investment from government in achieving the region’s decarbonisation targets, to ensure that businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage in the race for achieving net zero.” 

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Published On: 24/08/2023 13:00:00

 

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