FTA brings report to CV Operator Show in Birmingham14 April 2010

The FTA arrived at the Commercial Vehicle Operator Show yesterday, armed with copies of a document designed to highlight the need for investment in the UK's transport infrastructure.

Its Logistics Report comes on the back of an extremely testing time for the British transport sector, which has been heavily impacted by the recession.

Offered as a blueprint for the next government to better work with the transport industry, the report is suggesting more collaboration between politicians and business to achieve positive results.

It is supported by research carried out by TNS-BMRB and suggests that more discussion is needed, if the country is to recover effectively.

"Logistics is the British economy's health service," comments James Hookham, policy director at the FTA.

"We are not looking for special treatment, but we are looking for greater respect for what our members do day-in, day-out. Our sector is a complex one, and so an intelligent response is required to meet its needs. Each of the transport modes is intrinsically linked and so, therefore, must be the policy which impacts them," he adds.

"We understand only too well the pressures that the public finances are under, but a lack of investment in our transport networks would be a false economy," continues Hookham.

"We need to reduce the congestion around our ports and parts of the road network, and invest properly and strategically in our rail network to get the maximum benefit for business and the UK economy as a whole," he concludes.

John Challen

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