Responding to Shadow Transport Secretary Louise Haigh’s announcement regarding the Labour Party’s pledge to support road infrastructure, Jonathan Walker, Head of Cities and Infrastructure Policy at business group Logistics UK says:

“Potholes cost the UK’s economy over £14.4 billion1 a year, largely as a result of longer journey times as drivers attempt to limit damage to their vehicles, so our members would welcome any coordinated plans to address this problem.  However, it will be essential for any new investment and repair programme to be delivered swiftly to stop the problem getting worse, and our members will also be looking for their broader infrastructure concerns to be addressed when the Labour party’s manifesto is published tomorrow.

“It is vital that the next government, whoever is elected, provides a longer-term strategy and funding model to reinforce the UK’s transport infrastructure. This would enable long-term maintenance programmes to be put in place, rather than piecemeal allocations of funding that create a stop-start mentality and interruptions to the transport network.”

Logistics UK 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 decarbonisation, 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. For more information about the organisation and its work, please visit logistics.org.uk

Source: logistics uk