From the Editor
Across road, rail, ports and air, the freight sector is a vital and dynamic part of the UK economy - without it, the rest of the economy would simply grind to a halt. Writing exclusively in the latest issue of Freight Industry Times, Jesse Norman MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, outlines how the Government is supporting an industry that generates £1 trillion and contributes £124 billion to the UK economy.
We also preview one of the UK and Ireland’s leading freight transport, logistics and supply chain management events - Multimodal 2018 - which takes place at Birmingham NEC from the 1-3 May 2018. Freight Industry Times will once again be exhibiting at Multimodal, this year within the new Rail Freight Pavilion on Stand 4073A - feel free to drop by the stand if you are attending the event!
Other highlights in the spring issue include:
• Are diesel costs linked to an insolvency spike in the road haulage sector? Bruce Goodhart of the Freight Transport Association asks whether increasing operating costs are once again starting to have a negative impact on the road freight sector.
• An exclusive look behind ambitious plans for a huge 415-acre logistics ‘superhub’ on the site of the former Coryton oil refinery on the River Thames in Essex - Thames Enterprise Park.
We also have comment and analysis from our regular contributors, including Richard Burnett, Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association; David Wells, Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association; Peter Harvey, Chief Executive of the Fork Lift Truck Association; Maggie Simpson, Executive Director of Rail Freight Group; and Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager.
Enjoy the read.