‘Freight is overlooked’ says NIC report
In his Autumn Budget 2017, the Chancellor tasked the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) with researching into the future of urban freight – identifying the major challenges faced by the industry and recommending the best way forward.
UKWA is proud to be one of the bodies engaging with the NIC on this vital project and NIC researcher Fiona Jenkins has addressed the membership on this subject on several occasions (including the recent Feeding Cities Summit).
In December 2018 the NIC delivered its interim findings, which have been welcomed by UKWA CEO Peter Ward.
“This NIC report has highlighted issues that have been key themes for UKWA for some time,” he said. “It identifies an ‘absolute focus on delivering homes without consideration of how freight will service growth… ‘ and calls for better recognition of the value of freight in (future) planning.
UKWA identified the critical lack of fit-for-purpose buildings in its 2016 report on the Warehousing market and detailed the pressures of a growing population and creaking infrastructures in a 2017 report ‘Feeding London 2030: facing the logistical challenge’. It is encouraging to see that the NIC has pinpointed some of the major problems facing our industry and is recommending action to government to address them.”