Logistics UK responds to Shadow Chancellor's comments on infrastructure

Sunday 08 October 2023

Logistics UK welcomes the comments by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves on accelerating the building of critical infrastructure which could improve the infrastructure support that the logistics sector and UK economy needs. Kate Jennings, Director of Policy at Logistics UK, comments:

“The logistics sector – which contributes £163 billion to the UK economy each year and underpins every sector within UK plc – wants to see the delivery of a cohesive national logistics network as part of a clear, long-term infrastructure plan. Delivering this requires fundamental reform of the planning system and how the UK decides and delivers its infrastructure needs. This approach would enable more efficient deliveries, aid decarbonisation and give the sector the space to grow, helping the UK to capitalise on an opportunity recently identified by Oxford Economics to boost the economy by up to £7.9 billion per year. We look forward to seeing more details on the plans over the coming months.”

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, water 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.