FTA calls for new London mayor to embrace logistics industry

The FTA has urged the new mayor of London to understand the importance of the logistics sector when setting out their new policy agenda for the capital’s growth.

In its Freight Manifesto for London, the FTA examines key issues such as airport expansion, the Ultra Low Emission Zone and road infrastructure and calls on the new mayor to work collaboratively with operators rather than simply introduce headline-grabbing measures.

Christopher Snelling, FTA’s Head of National & Regional Policy and Public Affairs, said: “We would like the new London mayor and Assembly to work with the logistics industry. Our Manifesto sets out how we can help to deliver a stronger London, a cleaner London but also a safer London.

“These things can be done but they are best done through intelligently working together, not through simplistic measures that just make good headlines,” he added.

The FTA said London’s people and businesses require more than 360,000 tonnes of goods to be supplied by lorry each day. That’s 15,000 tonnes picked up or dropped off each hour, or 250 tonnes every minute; as this figure excludes vans and other modes, it is only a part of what freight delivers.

London’s mayor is expected to be announced later today.