Pay rises on the cards for most transport firms

Almost three quarters of small and medium sized transport businesses plan to give their employees a pay rise in the next 12 months, according to a survey.  Of that number, 34% say that everyone will receive a rise while two fifths say the increases will be decided on merit.

The figures come from the most recent Close Brothers Business Barometer, a quarterly survey that canvasses the opinion of SME owners and senior management from a range of sectors across the UK on a number of financial and economic issues.

Port of Felixstowe announces Logistics Park concept

The latest phase of growth at the Port of Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, will see the development of 1.45 million sq. ft. of warehousing on a 68-acre site, tailored to the needs of its customers.

Chancellor continues fuel duty freeze but ‘could have done more’

When delivering his Autumn Statement to a packed House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, announced that fuel duty is to remain frozen at 57.95 pence per litre, the level it has been at since 2011.

Rail accolade recognises GEFCO’s work with leading vehicle manufacturer

GEFCO has been named as the winner of the Rail Company Award at the prestigious Automotive Supply Chain Global Awards for its experienced and innovative approach in the sector.

Driver shortage more than just a seasonal issue, warns FTA

With logistics operators being put under pressure to deliver the goods in time for Christmas the situation is not being helped by the growing problem of driver shortage.

This year, more than ever, Britain will be swamped with discounts online and in the high street.  Almost one in four purchases are expected to be made online as shoppers spend £1.7 billion per day in the run-up to Christmas, and all have to delivered to the customer on time for the big day.

Renowned author joins ‘Came by Ship’ judging panel

As WISTA-UK’s writing competition ‘Came by Ship’ continues to capture the creative imagination of many young people across the UK, the organisers have  announced that the British journalist and author, Rose George, has agreed to join the judging panel for the competition.

FLTA launches national Safer Site Programme

In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks: be it one or one hundred.

The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.

The idea is simple: each month the FLTA will publish on its website a new step in the programme.  Each step will contain advice, guidance, resources and a series of practical tasks that must be completed to move through the process.

UK could lose its European aviation crown within 10 years

As the Airports Commission prepares to launch its 12 week consultation into the shortlisted options for how the UK can maintain its status as an international hub, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, has warned that the Britain could lose its crown as the home of the biggest airport for international traffic in Europe, within the next 10 years.

MoU secures Rosyth-Zeebrugge route for the future

DFDS Seaways, the Scottish Government and Forth Ports have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in which they agree to continue the Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight shipping service under the management of DFDS Seaways.

Rosyth-Zeebrugge is the only freight service between Scotland and continental Europe and the signing of the MoU ensures its continuation.  DFDS Seaways will maintain its existing sailing schedule, with the vessel Finlandia Seaways offering three departures in each direction per week.

GB Railfreight looks towards Europe in Channel Tunnel deal

GB Railfreight (GBRf) recently ran its first rail service through the Channel Tunnel for Europorte France (EPF), on behalf of John G Russell, transporting containers from Dourges (France) to Barking (UK).

The second leg of the journey, from Calais Frethun to Barking International Rail Freight Terminal, was undertaken by GBRf locomotives 92032 and 92028 and completed in less than two hours.  The locomotives are two of the company’s 16 Class 92s, purchased from Europorte earlier this year, and will be used on this route.