FTA’s Chief Executive, David Wells

FTA’s Logistics Report identifies spending on road improvements as a priority for Government

According to the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) new Logistics Report 2015, the newly-elected Conservative Government should prioritise investing in road improvements.

The report, which was launched at the Microlise Transport Conference by FTA’s Chief Executive, David Wells, outlines the significant economic, business, political, safety and environment, skills and training issues that have affected the transport and logistics sector in the past year.

Respondents to the FTA Logistics Industry Survey 2014/15 rated priorities for the Government, which are outlined in the latest Logistics Report.  The highest perceived priorities included investment in road improvements, recognising the vital role of logistics in the economy and, of course, cutting fuel duty.

Speaking to an audience of around 1,000, David Wells said: “The new Government will have to make significant decisions – and quickly – over our infrastructure and transport policies.  FTA’s message to Government is: ignore the needs of logistics at your peril.  From the factory floor to the kitchen table, it is logistics that will deliver sustainable growth.”

FTA’s Logistics Report is produced annually, and explores the influences that businesses should take into account as they deliberate, plan and invest for the future.  It also reflects the increases in e-commerce and the challenges generated by online shopping.  In addition, the FTA document looks at the outlook for the global economy.

Mr Wells added: “At such a crossroads for our national finances and society, the FTA Logistics Report provides a timely and essential analysis of the short and long-term health of a major enabler of our economy and lifestyle – logistics.”