Every year, more than 130 million tonnes of freight are moved in and out of London by road alone. 3% of the capital’s workforce, equating to around 230,000 people, is employed by the logistics sector. Thousands of businesses depend on the successful movement of goods in and out of the city every day.
Back in August, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan was urged to appoint a freight commissioner. This would create and lead a vision for enabling efficient logistics and to develop a world-class freight and logistics environment in the capital within the Mayors Transport strategy.
The Freight Transport Association (FTA), who represent more than 16,0000 businesses transporting goods and services across the UK, is renewing its call for a Freight Commissioner for London, to ensure the city can keep trading effectively. This is following on from the success of the new Commissioner for Walking and Cycling.
London’s population is set to grow from 8.6 million to 10 million by 2030, says Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy for London at FTA. “This rapidly growing city already depends on reliable and efficient logistics to deliver food, clothes, documents, medicines, building and construction materials and keep life moving 24 hours a day.”
“London’s prosperity is built on the successful movement of goods as well as people. From home shopping deliveries, to construction materials for new houses and office blocks, every resident and business relies on the logistics industry to provide the goods and services they need. And the waste left behind must be cleared up before another day begins.”
“The logistics required to keep London moving are becoming increasingly complex, and need to be prioritised. Operators have made huge strides in improving the efficiency of deliveries and servicing the capital, in co-operation with the Mayor and Transport for London, to reduce emissions and improve safety. As London’s economy reinforces its position at the heart of 21st century Britain, its freight businesses urgently need – and deserve – a champion who can ensure they are supported in providing the high-quality and reliable service Londoners have come to expect. They deserve the support of a dedicated, distinctive voice that a Freight Commissioner would provide.”