Europa reveals record turnover

Independent logistics operator Europa Worldwide Group has revealed its results for year-ending 31st December 2019, showing another 16.5% growth with a record turnover of £205million.

These figures show that Europa has succeeded in achieving the target it set 12 months ago to exceed the £200million mark.

Europa Worldwide Group has six divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Showfreight, Europa Warehouse, Europa Contact Centre and Continental Cargo Carriers and has featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for two years running. 

GBRf launches new Southampton to East Midlands intermodal service

Rail freight operator GB Railfreight has launched a new intermodal service from the Port of Southampton to East Midlands Gateway in Derby. 

This new service marks GBRf’s continued expansion in the intermodal market. The new service will run 5 days a week and represents GBRf’s 20th intermodal service to date.

Returning forklift operators will need refresher training, says RTITB

To maintain safety and compliance as operations resume and forklift operators return to work, RTITB is reminding employers of the necessity to provide assessments and refresher training.

“We are now, fortunately, in a situation where many operations are re-starting or returning to pre-lockdown capacity, and where many forklift operators who had been on furlough are returning to work,” says Laura Nelson, Managing Director of workplace transport training accrediting body RTITB.  

Redundant hospitality workers urged to join warehousing workforce

As government restrictions in response to the Covid-19 threat have closed pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants across the country, UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association) is working with Harri  – a next-generation workforce recruitment platform – to help redeploy redundant workers from the hospitality sector into the warehousing and logistics industry, to assist with the shortage of labour.

FairFuelUK condemns ‘unscrupulous’ fuel supply chain

Independent campaigning organisation FairFuelUK has expressed its anger on behalf of its supporters that despite the massive reduction in the price of oil the benefits are not being passed on to hard-pressed UK motorists and logistics companies.

It points to the fact that oil prices have fallen by 57 per cent since Christmas. In its latest statement FairFuelUK argues that average pump prices for diesel should be £1.10 per litre, not £1.23 – while petrol should be £1.00 per litre instead of £1.20.

Coronavirus: Logistics needs Brexit transition extension, says FTA

The challenges posed by the Covid-19 virus will make the effective implementation of any new legislation, including Brexit, impossible in the short term, the Freight Transport Association has warned. 

As a result, the industry is petitioning government urgently to seek an extension to the current transition period for leaving the European Union, as well as suspending other planned domestic legislation which will impact the logistics sector.

Coronavirus: Delivery drivers denied access to hand washing facilities

Drivers and warehouse workers are being denied access to hand washing facilities despite it remaining the primary advice to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Industry groups representing transport workers are calling on businesses using the services of these workers to ensure that adequate hygiene facilities, including hot and cold running water, are available to all drivers and warehouse operatives delivering to, or collecting from business premises.

Government failing on longer semi-trailers, says FTA

The Government should make the use of longer semi-trailers (LSTs) a permanent fixture on the UK’s roads following the successful outcome of its trial, according to the Freight Transport Association. 

Transport sector earnings on EU investments soar since Brexit vote

The UK transport industry has seen earnings on its investments in the EU rocket by more than 400 per cent since the Brexit vote, analysis of the latest ONS data has revealed. 

UK transport trade earnings from investments in the EU rose from £177 million in 2015 to £1 billion three years later – up 476 per cent compared with before the vote.

New moveable barrier set to deal with any Brexit disruption on M20

A moveable concrete barrier described as a “long-term solution to handle traffic disruption in Kent”, will be in place from December 2020, the Government has announced.

The new technology, which can be deployed within hours using a specialist vehicle, will be a marked improvement in comparison to Operation Brock which required a month of overnight closures to deploy the metal barrier required for the contraflow system previously used.