Q&A with Hilary Devey, Managing Director of Pall-Ex

Pall-Ex, the palletised freight network founded by acclaimed entrepreneur Hilary Devey CBE, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Since shifting 117 pallets in one night in November 1996, Pall-Ex has grown to a network that distributes more than 10,000 pallets every night, with partnerships established across Europe in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Romania, France and the Benelux region. 

GBRf secures biomass haulage contract

GB Railfreight (GBRf), the third largest rail freight operator in the UK, has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd (LPL) to build 50 new purpose-built high-capacity biomass hopper wagons.

The contract is part of a 10-year investment project for Lynemouth Power Station, which is currently in the process of converting from coal burn generation to biomass.

GBRf plans to run 27 trains per week between Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station, delivering more than 37,000 tonnes of biomass fuel per week.

Heathrow expansion: Support rising among MPs

A new ComRes poll of 130 MPs suggests 74 per cent of MPs now back the third runway - a rise of seven percentage points since the last poll in August.

The government announced its backing for the project in October and according to this latest survey, 80 per cent of Conservative MPs said they would vote for a third runway at Heathrow, up from 71 per cent in August.

Meanwhile, 75 per cent of Labour MPs declared they would back a vote on a third Heathrow runway, suggesting a Parliamentary endorsement of the project if a vote were held today.

PEMA joins European ports and shipping industry alliance

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) has joined forces with 20 other organisations from across Europe to promote the interests of the ports and shipping sector in the context

Globalia launches freight forwarder network

The freight forwarding sector’s latest network, the Globalia Logistics Network, has been launched. The network began operations with 52 member companies in 74 cities across 56 countries.

Another record breaking month for Le Shuttle Freight

Eurotunnel’s truck carrying service, Le Shuttle Freight, recorded its thirteenth consecutive month of growth in November, according to the latest data released by the company.

Truck traffic rose by 6.8% on the service compared to November 2015, with 143,114 trucks transported - its second best month ever (after March 2016).  

Upward trend continues for cargo volumes at Stansted

Cargo volumes continue to rise at London Stansted, according to the latest figures released this week.

Almost 23,000 tonnes of goods passed through the specialist facilities at the airport in November, up 4.3% on November 2015.

The annual total now stands at just over 252,000 tonnes, an increase of 7.0% year-on-year.

London Stansted, part of the Manchester Airports Group, recorded its busiest ever November as over 1.7 million passengers passed through the terminal during the month, an increase of 2.3% over the same month last year.

Heathrow prepares new runway planning application

Heathrow has begun preparations for the planning application to expand the airport with a new runway.  

The news follows the Government’s announcement in October this year that a new runway at Heathrow is its preferred option for airport expansion.

The scheme will be taken forward in the form of a draft National Policy Statement for consultation next year.

Road safety plans could cost lives, RHA warns

A new campaign calling for a ’universal’ rule to give way when turning could cost lives, the Road Haulage Association (RHA) has warned.

British Cycling has joined forces with The AA and pedestrian groups in calling for the ’universal’ rule to give way when turning in order to create “simpler, safer junctions for all road users”.

While fully appreciating the concerns of the cycling lobby, the RHA said establishing a plan to improve safety for all road users can only be achieved by adopting a holistic approach that includes motorists, HGV operators, cyclists and pedestrians.

Lick Frozen Yogurt scoops £7k national export prize

Brighton-based Lick Frozen Yogurt - whose customers include Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco - is savouring success after clinching the top prize in a national export competition.

The business, whose dynamic export vision is making inroads into markets in the Gulf and South East Asia, wowed the judges with their plans for international business growth at Open to Export’s Action Plan Showcase Competition Final at the Going Global exhibition at London’s Olympia.