The British International Freight Association (BIFA) called for real investment in the UK’s logistics network. ahead of the Chancellor’s Emergency Budget.
While road traffic – passenger and freight – has surged over the past three decades, the capacity of the network has hardly increased at all and the effects are being felt in increasing, and increasingly erratic, journey times in all parts of the country.
Existing roads are also crumbling, says BIFA, with emergency repair work also contributing to slower journeys, especially at night when much of the country’s freight is on the move.
“Congestion needs to be planned out of all modes of UK transport,” says BIFA Director General, Robert Keen. “While Governments of all hues have made promises in the past, very few significant schemes have been delivered.”