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.

Brexit: New Customs system not fit for purpose, says FTA

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has raised serious concerns about the progress of HMRC’s Customs Declaration Service (CDS) programme and its suitability to handle the anticipated levels of Customs declarations at British ports post-Brexit.

FTA said it has “grave doubts” that CDS, which is currently under development, will be able to cope with the anticipated 255 million extra Customs declarations to be made at British ports each year when the UK leaves the EU.

Price freeze for HGVs on M6 Toll road

Goods vehicles will be exempt from new price increases on the M6 Toll announced by the road’s operator Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) today.

MEL said an additional 40p will be added to daytime car toll prices from August 7, the first change it has introduced since March 2012, but prices for HGVs will remain unchanged at £11 for vehicles on weekdays (6am-11pm).

MEL said it is was focused on “making more effective use of the M6 toll for commercial, logistics and freight traffic”, whose usage of the M6 Toll has been growing by an average of 19% each year since 2012.

Government launches transport investment plan

Local roads are set to benefit from a share in a multi-billion pound improvement fund as part of a new investment strategy unveiled by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

The Transport Investment Strategy sets out the government’s new long-term approach for infrastructure spending and features the proposed creation of a new major road network, which would see a share of the annual National Road Fund, funded by Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), given to local authorities to improve or replace the most important A roads under their management.