Survey shows a majority of local residents support Heathrow expansion

Nearly three fifths of residents in the 12 constituencies nearest to Heathrow airport feel positive about the airport expansion, while less than 10% feel negative, a poll of 10,000 residents by Heathrow has revealed, and 51% support the expansion.

These results come a month after a similar poll for MPs in which 62% said they are in support of the expansion. Recent polling by ComRes has also shown that two thirds of MPs feel the expansion with strengthen the UK economy.

At least 10 million vehicles could have illegal tyres, says TyreSafe

A survey of over 340,000 tyres by TyreSafe found that more than one in four tyres is already illegal at the point of replacement and an average of 70.4% of tyres are illegal and below 2mm in tread depth.

The Department for Transport found in 2014 that problems with tyres cause more accidents resulting in casualties than any other vehicle defect, including brakes. The survey’s findings have highlighted the poor attitude towards tyre safety among UK users. 

ICE launches Infrastructure Transformation ideas hub

A new thought leadership hub has been launched by the Institution of Civil Engineers to help professionals collaborate on some important trends that are transforming how infrastructure is designed, built and operated.

Accessible for free, the Information Transformation features expert blogs, project case studies, events, videos and other online content. It focuses on four key issues that could transform the infrastructure industry in the next decade:

Kent transport plan will deliver for freight industry, says FTA

A new transport plan, published by Kent County Council, will have a direct benefit for freight according to the FTA.

The KCC has outlined 10 priorities in its local transport plan, which highlights key infrastructure developments across the country.

The priorities include:

GSF annual report focuses on challenging past year

The Global Shipper Forum’s annual report has highlighted key industry issues, which include the challenges of new container weighing rules, formulating plans for reducing maritime emissions and extending influence over key UN agencies. 

During the past 12 months, GSF has worked in partnership with the World Shipping Council (WSC), TT Club of insurers and the International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) to give advice and assist with implementation of the new container weighing rules.  

BIFA backs calls to end shipping surcharges

Recent calls to end shipping surcharges have been backed by the British International Freight Association. Robert Keen, director general for BIFA, has supported the Global Shipper Forum’s ambition to remove the surcharges within five years.

Keen said: “Forwarders do not like shipping line surcharges and we have been challenging their legitimacy on behalf of our members and their customers for many years.”

Calais violence continues as RHA car attacked

Chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, Richard Burnett, has expressed his concern for drivers in Calais after further attacks from migrants. A member of the RHA had a boulder thrown at his car at the port, days after a night of violence at the jungle camp in Calais during which a truck driver was threatened with a chainsaw.

Shippers are being exploited, claims Global Shipper Forum

Shippers are being exploited by some shipping lines, forwarders and terminal operators according to the Global Shipper Forum, who says that shippers are being charged excessive fees for the processing of mandatory container weight verification requirements. The regulations had been introduced for safety reasons but are now being abused through surcharges, claims the GSF.

Global Freight Awards 2016 shortlist released

The Global Freight Awards, which is designed to recognise and reward the best talent and achievements of the year for the freight and logistics industry, has announced its shortlist for 2016. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the prestigious ceremony will take place on 3 November.

A leading international freight management company, 512 (Sheffield) Ltd, has been nominated for awards in three different categories. The UK-based company were successful at the 2016 British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards, where they won the Staff Development Award.

FTA calls for more protection after driver attacked in Calais

Truck drivers working in Calais need extra protection after Brexit has made migrants more desperate to reach the UK before tighter border controls are brought in, according to the Freight Transport Association.