In the response to the launch of the Welsh Government’s transport strategy and associated consultation, Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for Wales at Logistics UK comments:
“The new transport strategy shows the Welsh Government is ready and willing to work collaboratively with the logistics industry and that it recognises how vital the sector is in supporting Welsh society and economy. The launch of a dedicated Logistics and Freight Plan for Wales is particularly encouraging for the future success of Welsh business; Logistics UK is in a strong position to help guide this work on behalf of our members as they support industry across the country. We look forward to working with a government that seeks to engage proactively with the logistics sector to deliver the best possible future for Welsh citizens and businesses – particularly as we embrace opportunities for decarbonisation and advancing technologies, as well as tackling the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The calls for the integration of freight and logistics into wider transport and land-use planning policy in Wales reflect our intention to keep the country stocked with the goods and services it needs to succeed; too often, what logistics businesses need to be able to serve communities effectively, such as suitable parking for delivery vehicles, are often forgotten about in planning decisions.”
Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.