Tuesday 30 August 2022
Freight is really important to the Midlands; it uses our infrastructure and contributes a significant amount to our regional economy. Freight is the lifeline for huge numbers of jobs in sectors such as logistics, automotive industries, food production and businesses importing and exporting goods through our airports and neighbouring ports. Due to our central location, the Midlands is home to the ‘Golden Triangle’ with large numbers of firms operating warehousing in the region and many logistic companies choosing to base here.
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There is a huge amount about freight that works really well; we are able to order goods right to our door for the next day, or even the same day. But we also know that it could work better. Our roads locally and regionally are becoming more congested with the levels of goods being moved around. And roads are often used by default because they appear to be the most convenient method of travel. Many would like to use rail freight more (and did so during the pandemic) but getting access and understanding the process can be hugely challenging if you don’t have the resources, and we also have issues with capacity on the rail network.
But what if we thought about the whole end to end journey? Made sure there were better interchanges between road, rail, air, and ports? Thought about which form of transport makes the most sense and how we get the infrastructure right?
That is broadly what we’re aiming to tackle with our freight programme at Midlands Connect.
We’ve just released the first issue of our Freight Routemap. This combines what we know about freight in the region, but it is very much a starting point for our work.
Over the next year or so we’ll be focusing on the following key areas:
This includes a Freight Forum for the Midlands so we can interact more easily and come together on the key cross-cutting issues which will help our region.
This is a programme which impacts on so many areas of work, and across the Partnership and Midlands there is a huge amount of work taking place. The plan is that we will release the second issue of the Freight Routemap once the modelling and analysis work has been completed – sometime next year. In the meantime, if you want to find out more about what we’re doing please get in touch.
Alexandra Dodds is Principal Policy Officer at Midlands Connect
External Affairs Manager
+44 (0) 7812 181872