Logistics UK comments on the NIC's National Infrastructure Assessment

Wednesday 18 October 2023

Responding to the NIC’s National Infrastructure Assessment announced today (18 October 2023), Logistics UK’s Chief Executive David Wells OBE expressed the sector’s disappointment at the lack of consideration given to the needs of logistics businesses:

“If our industry is to continue to deliver for the UK’s economy, we need confirmation of how this is to happen and fast – our members are the backbone of all activity for both businesses and consumers and need concrete plans now which they can implement in order to progress.

“As an industry, we are committed to decarbonising, but the infrastructure to support this change still does not exist. 2050 is still some way off, but our city centres cannot be revitalised without the delivery networks that our members provide to make them work.

“The NIC’s call for a long-term infrastructure strategy free from political considerations, is a positive step to address productivity and capacity issues. If the plan is to facilitate genuine change and revitalise the UK’s economy, it is vital that spending on infrastructure is considered as a down payment on future growth, not an easy target for cuts, by this and future governments.”

Logistics UK 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 decarbonisation, 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. Logistics UK 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.