Freight in the City Spring Summit, 1 March 2017

More than 350 visitors attended the Freight in the City Spring Summit on 1 March to explore innovative ways of handling urban freight movements. Starting the event with a powerful keynote speech was Labour MP Rob Flello, a keen supporter of the freight industry, who urged operators to approach government swiftly and collectively to address freight policy ahead of full Brexit negotiations. Speakers representing some of the UK’s major cities, alongside academics and leading freight and logistics companies then took the stage to highlight best practice in making city deliveries cleaner, safer and quieter. Themes explored on the day included the UK needing to take the lead in urban logistics innovation, data advancements to drive efficiency, and great examples of best practice taking place across Europe. If you’d like to find out more about the event, then why not take a look at the latest A Week in Trucks video for highlights throughout the day.



Speakers included:

Rob Flello, Labour MP for Stoke on Trent South, Chair of APPG for freight transport, Member of Transport Committee

Jonathan Bray, chief executive, Urban Transport Group

Laura Shoaf, managing director, Transport for West Midlands

Peter Harris, director of sustainability, EMEA,UPS 

Helen Smith, head of logistics, environment & active travel, Transport for Greater Manchester 

Laetitia Dablanc, director of research at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est)

Gary Whittle, commercial director, Meachers Global Logistics 

Phillippa Edmunds, manager, Freight on Rail 

Frank van Os, co-founder, Smart Mile Solutions

Alex Veitch, head of global policy, Freight Transport Association 

Andrew Traill, principal technologist – freight and logistics, Information Exploitation  Business Unit, Transport Systems Catapult

Scott Dargan, managing director, Northern Europe & Service EMEAR Carrier Transicold, UK 

Steve Gooding, director, RAC Foundation 

Steve Young, director, Cycle4U

Kevin Huskie, sales director, Geodis

Rob King, director, Outspoken Delivery

Sylvia Broadley, Green Fleet Change Manager, Birmingham City Council

Martin Reeves, chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority & Coventry City Council

Tim Ward, freight and fleet engagement manager, Tfl

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This conference presents a great opportunity to explore innovative solutions that enable last-mile journeys to be completed as safely, unobtrusively and with as little environmental impact as possible.


Jonathan Bray Chief Executive Urban Transport Group

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