Lane rental revenues must be reinvested in road network, says FTA and RHA

Two of the biggest trade associations in the freight sector, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA), have said the government should plough revenues generated from a planned lane rental scheme back into maintaining the road network.
 
The government has announced plans to roll-out the lane rental scheme on UK roads in late 2019 after recent trails in the south-east led to a significant drop in congestion.

Red Funnel order £10 million freight ferry from Cammell Laird

Isle of Wight ferry operator Red Funnel has placed a £10 million order for a new ro-ro freight ferry from UK shipbuilder Cammell Laird.
 
The new ship will to provide additional year-round freight capacity for Red Funnel’s Southampton-East Cowes route which currently handles 53% of all freight movements across the Solent.
 
At 74m in length, the new ship will provide 265 lane metres of roll-on/roll-off freight capacity and will carry up to 12 passengers.
 
The crossing time of 55-60 minutes will be identical to Red

Government plans to phase out diesel-only trains by 2040

Rail Minister Jo Jonson has called for diesel-only trains to be phased out as part of new vision to decarbonise the railway.
 
In a speech made at the British Museum earlier this week, Johnson said: “I would like to see us take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040. If that seems like an ambitious goal - it should be and I make no apology for that. After all, we’re committed to ending sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

University partnership helps Port of Dover cut queues and boost efficiency

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the University of Kent and the Dover Harbour Board has helped reduce traffic congestion, boost efficiency and cut costs at the Port of Dover.
 
The project started in 2016 when the Port of Dover, which handles £122bn-worth of UK trade annually, appointed Kent Business School graduate, Dr Cliff Preston, to help it use data modelling and simulation software to operate more effectively.
 
Cliff’s work focused on several areas, including improving how the port predicts likely traffic volumes to en

DVSA crackdown on drivers' hours rules

The DVSA will start issuing on-the-spot penalties to lorry drivers who repeatedly break drivers’ hours rules from March 5.
 
The new regulations, which were first announced in 2017, will allow DVSA examiners to fine drivers up to £300 for each breaches of drivers’ hours rules, up to a maximum of five (£1,500 per examiner).  
 
At the moment, DVSA can only fine drivers for offences committed that day, or ongoing offences, such as manipulating tachograph records.

Transaid launches biggest ever cycle challenge

Transport charity Transaid has launched its biggest ever cycle challenge, Land’s End to John O’ Groats, and is throwing down the gauntlet to riders from across the industry to saddle up and take on the 972-mile journey.
 
The 12-day challenge will commence on 11 June 2019 and will mark Transaid’s 20th anniversary, with celebrations set to begin in September 2018 and continuing into 2019.

Multimodal masterplan unveiled for Thames Enterprise Park

Ambitious plans for a huge 415-acre logistics ‘superhub’ on the site of the former Coryton oil refinery on the River Thames in Essex have been revealed.
 
The multimodal development, which is expected to create up to 5,000 new jobs, will benefit from direct access to the River Thames and a railfreight interchange and boasts excellent road links to London, which is just 33 miles away.
 
The site was originally purchased by a joint venture including Vopak, Shell and Greenergy, who took over the 580-acre site in September 2012.

Rent for unused lorry park costs £5.7 million

The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed it has spent £5.7 million to rent Manston Airport in Kent as an emergency lorry parking area in case Operation Stack is implemented.
 
The details, which were released following a Freedom of Information request, cover the period August 2015 to December 15 2017.
 
A DfT spokeman said the Manston site (pictured above) was the only one in the area with enough space for holding l

Air freight demand soars to seven year high

Air freight demand rose by 9% in 2017, its highest level for seven years, according to the latest data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
 
According to the IATA, which represents some 280 airlines and 83% of global air traffic, global air freight demand, grew by 9.0%, more than double the 3.6% annual growth recorded in 2016. Freight capacity meanwhile, rose by 3% in 2017, the slowest annual capacity growth seen since 2012.
 
Air cargo’s strong performance in 2017 was sealed by a solid result in December.

HGV safety scheme scuppering London’s clean air plans, says FTA

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is scuppering his own work to clean up the capital’s air by trying to rush through an ill-considered road safety scheme, says the Freight Transport Association.
 
FTA suggests hundreds of cleaner trucks would be on London’s roads now, if it were not for uncertainty over Transport for London’s plans for a Direct Vision Standard (DVS), which aims to improve the safety of heavy goods vehicles operating in the capital. 
 
The FTA said the length of time it is taking to finalise the qualification levels for the DVS,