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Sustainable infrastructure plans welcomed by FTA

In response to the government’s announcement of a series of infrastructure initiatives to encourage sustainable travel in Northern Ireland, Seamus Leheny, Policy Manager for Northern Ireland at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), told Business First: “FTA and its members welcome the announcement by Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon and her department to increase sustainable transport in urban areas; the plans have the potential to reduce road congestion, enable social distancing and improve air quality significantly.

“However, it is important the needs of logistics are considered in the plans; drivers of goods vehicles must have sufficient access to town centres and cities to deliver the goods the supermarkets, shops, restaurants, bars and cafes all need to operate; access for waste services must also be maintained. As the business organisation representing the logistics sector, we look forward to working with government to develop an infrastructure plan that benefits the community, the environment, businesses and logistics alike.”

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.

FTA 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 www.fta.co.uk.