Elizabeth de Jong, Policy Director at business group Logistics UK said:

“Today’s Comprehensive Spending Review announcement includes much for the logistics sector to be encouraged by, and we look forward to examining the detail.  Upgrades to our railway network and the “biggest ever investment” in new roads are both essential to improving the competitiveness of our economy by enabling freight to move smoothly around the country, and across borders. We are hoping to find that the Green Book guidelines used to make key investment decisions now properly value the contribution that freight makes to the UK’s economic performance nation-wide.  Our members look forward to working with the new Infrastructure Bank to ensure that green initiatives and improved infrastructure remains a government priority in the years to come.”

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. For more information about the organisation and its work, including its ground-breaking research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the whole supply chain, please visit logistics.org.uk