Alphatrans acquisition will extend DFDS’s reach

Shipping and logistics group DFDS will acquire all the shares in Dutch logistics company Alphatrans Group BV following the signing of an agreement signed with Martin Bos, owner of Alphatrans.

The deal, which is subject to approval by competition authorities in Germany, will add new countries to the DFDS network, expertise in special transports and create synergies within the Group.

Blazing a trail for engineering innovation

As the head of Cartwright’s engineering and design team, Lionel Curtis has guided his department to create a continuous flow of new products from the Altrincham-based body and trailer manufacturer that have underpinned the company’s growth over the past three years. The popular Cartwright technical director also finds time in his busy diary to chair the SMMT’s Trailer and Bodywork Committee – a role he has been re-elected to take on for a third two-year term. He has also been recently appointed to the SMMT’s Engineering Committee.

Financial standing rates should be set in sterling not euros after Brexit, says FTA

Financial standing rates, which ensure operator licence holders have sufficient funds to operate, should be set in sterling not euros after Brexit, says the Freight Transport Association (FTA).
For standard operating licence holders, financial standing rates are currently set in European Law at €9,000 for the first vehicle and €5,000 for each subsequent vehicle.

Hauliers experiencing Brexit “squeeze”, says RHA

Uncertainty around Brexit, compounded by fluctuating exchange rates, is forcing manufacturers and retailers to increase costs which is squeezing the margins of UK haulage operators, says the Road Haulage Association (RHA).
Launching its Budget submission to Government, the RHA is calling on the Chancellor to take action on Brexit to ensure free trade.   
RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “Brexit is now less than 19 months away and we are highlighting to Government the importance of free-flowing borders and current rel

DB Cargo starts trial freight train run to Wolverhampton

Rail freight operator DB Cargo UK and steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has launched a trial service moving steel coil by rail from the Port of Boston to Wolverhampton.

The trial train transported 20 loaded BYA type wagons of steel coil, weighing 1,300 tonnes, from the Port of Boston on the east coast of England to DB Cargo’s site in Wolverhampton. The final miles of the delivery will be via road to a number of manufacturers in the West Midlands.

Campaigners welcome upgrade to key strategic rail freight route

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed increased capacity for freight trains from Felixstowe which its says will cater for the immediate, suppressed demand for rail freight services.

Longer semi-trailers work, DfT report suggests

A report released by the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that longer semi-trailers (LSTs) continue to make a significant contribution towards reducing HGV miles, with subsequent environmental benefits, and have a better safety record than standard HGVs.
DfT launched a 10-year trial of LSTs in 2012, permitting up to 1,800 to operate under Vehicle Special Orders (VSOs) granted by the Vehicle Certification Agency. The trailers are up to 2.05m longer than the standard 13.6m units commonly seen on the roads in this country.

UKWA launches free to use warehouse space brokerage portal

The United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced the launch of MarketSpace – a new web-based portal that brings companies with warehouse space to fill together with those seeking storage and logistics services.

Unlike, other storage space brokerage systems currently operating, MarketSpace does not charge a fee or commission to companies wishing to use the site to market the space they have to let.  It is also entirely free to use for those searching for storage facilities.

Consultations close on Tilbury 2 project; planning application expected in the Autumn

London’s Port of Tilbury has completed the statutory consultation process for its plans to build a £100 million new port terminal.  

Severn tolls to be abolished at the end of 2018

Drivers will see an end to tolls on the Severn Crossings at the end of 2018, the government has announced.

The Severn Crossings, which are used by more than 25 million vehicles each year, save significant travel time and distance for drivers using the M4 motorway. 

The two bridges spanning the Severn estuary on the M4 and M48 motorways in Wales have seen year-on-year price increases, costing the freight sector millions of pounds.  It currently costs £20 for an HGV to cross into Wales and £13.40 for a van.