FTA response to government infrastructure investment programme

Thursday 14 May 2020

Speaking in response to today’s announcement on infrastructure investment, Elizabeth de Jong, FTA’s policy director said:

“Today (14 May 2020)’s commitment to a multimillion pound infrastructure investment programme for road and rail across the UK is welcome news for the logistics industry, which has worked tirelessly to keep Britain trading throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The impact of the pandemic on public finances and the wider economy is posing unprecedented challenges which must be overcome if our sector is to assist in the nation’s economic recovery, and central to that boost is the need for a world class infrastructure.

“Efficient and effective transport infrastructure is vital for logistics to be able to support the needs of UK businesses, with efficient interchanges and increased service options across all modes of transport, which will ensure that the freight the country needs can keep moving freely on road, rail, sea or air.  As the recovery begins, we urge the government to continue its focus on the needs of the logistics sector when designing new transport network options, so that deliveries can be made safely and effectively alongside the introduction of new cycling and walking routes.”

FTA is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods.  With Covid-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. FTA supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.