The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believe that the first 6 months of 2016 has been good for the transport industry and were quick to praise Highways England for the positive work that they have done. However, the FTA would like to see a better flow of information on forthcoming roadworks so that operators are able to plan ahead.
Long Term Certainty – Swannells – Warehousing Huntingdon
FTA’s comments followed publication of the Office of Rail and Road’s (ORR) first annual assessment of Highways England’s performance and delivery of its investment plan, covering the period from April 2015 to March 2016.
FTA has supported the long-term certainty of £11.4 billion of funding for roads investment, of which around £2 billion is being related to 2015-16. Having said that, freight operators need the certainty of reliable information on the works that go to improving the road network to allow them to plan ahead better.
£1 Per Minute – Swannells – Warehousing Huntingdon
Unreliable journeys are disastrous for operators and can end up costing them around £1 per minute for each vehicle standing still in congestion and that cost has to be reduced by the industry. More certainty of plans going forward will provide the industry with important information and allow companies to make educated decisions on how they operate their fleets as these investments in the network are made.
FTA’s Head of Road Network Management Policy, Malcolm Bingham said: “It is good to see that Highways England has made a positive start within its first year. We can see that satisfaction in the performance of the network will improve if motorists and businesses are better informed as to how the road system will operate.”
Swannells – Warehousing Huntingdon
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