Friday, August 20, 2010

Survey Shows Road Charging Favoured By Logistics Professionals

Coalition Government Should Target Transport Infrastructure
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) have published the results of a survey of their members which makes interesting reading for those concerned with the future of freight transport in the UK. CILT membership includes leading managers and academics from every part of the freight, logistics and passenger transport sector including road, rail, ocean and air freight and during July the CILT canvassed 1,244 of its members regarding Government future policy.

75% of participating members identified 'supporting economic growth' as one of their top priorities where Government spending should be protected and that national spending supporting economic growth or reducing congestion should be the key priority in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. In terms of generating increased transport funding, 70% of respondents identified various forms of road or congestion charging as one of their top preferences for the Government to raise new revenues.

Maintaining, and making the best use of the existing infrastructure was seen as a higher priority than building new capacity. ‘Rail capacity’, ‘road maintenance’ and ‘smarter choices’, were the top priorities for transport spending whilst ‘new motorways’, ‘new or extended tram systems’ and ‘new transport links to airports’ were amongst the lowest. However, plans for progressing the new high speed rail network (HS2) were supported by 79% of members, albeit with some thinking that there should be a delay to the current timetable.

In general voters felt more kindly disposed toward rail development than by road with 24% saying that significant Government resources should be directed towards increasing road capacity compared to 61% who supported available funds being directed towards rail. 55% favour significant Government spending on reducing the carbon output of the transport industry, although more are supportive of maintaining rather than increasing spending. Of these, 77% want to see ‘green taxes’ to raise money and incentivise CO2 reduction.

Full survey findings should be available HERE later today.

CILT also announced the finalists of their 2010 Annual Awards for Excellence this week , the winners to be announced at a gala dinner being held at the London Marriot Hotel on the 7th October. The awards will be presented by the organisation’s patron, the Princess Royal and the full list of nominees can be viewed HERE.