Businesses from across the North West were invited to attend this important Stakeholder Consultation Event at Mersey Maritime to contribute to the development of a freight strategy that will form a major element of the Government’s Northern Powerhouse Agenda.
Mike Garratt of MDS Transmodal, lead consultant for the development of the Strategy, lead the event, summarising the nature, volume and characteristics of freight today in the North. Contribution was sought from attendees on the challenges faced by businesses today in the movement of freight in the North and what capacity and capability industry wants the North to have in order to make the North the economic powerhouse of the UK.
This event was designed to gather feedback and collate input from key stakeholders involved in the movement of freight across the region.
Transport for the North (TfN) is currently working towards the publication in March 2016 of its updated strategy for transforming the northern economy through significantly enhanced connectivity between the city regions. A report will also be published in the autumn of 2015, highlighting progress to date.
Specialists Mott MacDonald and MDS Transmodal have been appointed to help drive forward the development of the strategy, supporting TfN in determining the size, role and likely growth potential of the freight and logistics industry in the North.
The freight industry accounts for around eight per cent of the economy and makes huge investments in its own fleets and infrastructure in a highly competitive environment, while depending on the road and rail networks provided by the public sector. The objective of the stakeholder event and the report to be generated subsequently is to identify a shared vision covering investment, operations and planning that will command the confidence of the private sector, attract investment and promote economic success for Northern England on a sustainable basis.
Transport for the North (TfN) brings together local authorities and combined authorities across the North of England to allow the North to speak a single voice to Government. The northern city regions are currently acting collectively via the TfN Partnership Board, working with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Government, Highways England, HS2 Ltd and Network Rail, to develop a Northern Transport Strategy. www.transportforthenorth.com