The FTA has said a strong focus on multimodal infrastructure is vital in the development of a new freight strategy for the north of England.
Plans are currently well underway in the creation of the new freight vision for the Northern Powerhouse region by Transport for the North, which last month brought together industry stakeholders to gain feedback on its work to date.
FTA head of policy for the north Malcolm Bingham said: “It is important for our members that freight and logistics have a say in the development of freight routes in the approach taken by the Northern Powerhouse.”
He added: “The freight and logistics strategy currently being developed by Transport for the North is at an important stage which shows there is a need to improve a multimodal approach – road, rail and water – on east-west routes connecting ports to the economic centres of the north of England.”
Bingham will be taking part in a topical debate about the infrastructure needs for the freight sector at the Freight in the City Spring Summit at Manchester Central on 3 March.
The free-to-attend event will focus on what the government’s strategy for creating a Northern Powerhouse means for the freight industry and its customers. It will also examine how local government and city region authorities can benefit from including freight strategies in their growth plans.
Delegates at Freight in the City will also be able to find out more about the Transport for the North freight strategy from the author of the report Chris Rowland, MD at MDS Transmodal.