A survey of freight and logistics operators and businesses that move goods within the TfSE area – whether by road, rail, air or sea – is being carried out by consultant WSP on behalf of TfSE. The survey asks about the key issues and challenges these businesses face including congestion, journey times, connectivity, the impact of new technology as well as their views on how the transport network could develop to support their future growth plans.Businesses that move goods to, from and across the South East of England are being asked for views on their key logistical issues and challenges to help inform the South East’s transport strategy and future investment priorities. The strategy is being developed by Transport for the South East (TfSE), a newly-established shadow sub-national transport body representing 16 local transport authorities and five local enterprise partnerships in the South East of England. As the UK’s international gateway and home to more than 7.5m people, supporting the efficient movement of goods to and through the South East is a critical element of TfSE’s transport strategy, which aims to grow the South East’s economy by creating a reliable, high-quality, integrated transport system.
Mark Valleley, technical lead for Transport for the South East, said: “The transport network in the South East is absolutely critical to the regional and national economy – it includes the nation’s two busiest airports, a string of major ports, many of the country’s most vital motorways and trunk roads and crucial railway links to London, the rest of Britain and mainland Europe. “We want to hear from as many freight and logistics operators and businesses that move goods as possible about their experience of the transport network in the South East, their plans for growth, views on future transport technology and the changes they want to see on our transport network.”