The Urban Transport Group brings together and promotes the interests of Britain's largest urban areas on transport. Our full members are Transport for West Midlands, Merseytravel (Merseyside), North East Combined Authority, South Yorkshire PTE (Sheffield City Region), Transport for Greater Manchester, Transport for London, West Yorkshire Combined Authority. We also have associate members which are Bristol and the West of England Partnership, Nottingham City Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Tees Valley Combined Authority. Between them our members serve over 24 million people.
As a network we do three things:
• We make the case for urban transport - in particular on investment and on devolution of the powers our members need
• We are Britain's premier professional network on urban transport issues which works together to learn from each other and do more for less through collaborative working and procurement
• We provide thought leadership on urban transport which looks beyond the day-to-day to explore and propose innovative approaches to medium and long term challenges.
Freight and logistics are vital to our economic activity and development. They support people and businesses in their daily activities, ranging from deliveries to homes and shops through transferring goods to and from factories or getting supplies to offices.
The approved West Midlands Freight Strategy and Implementation plan helps to provide TfWM with the tools to work together with businesses, and a programme to deliver a West Midlands that shines as a beacon for best practice in urban logistics management, providing:
• Improved access to the West Midlands by road and rail;
• New ways of managing deliveries which provide businesses and residents with high quality access to goods and services;
• A range of techniques to reduce emissions, noise, and congestion caused by goods vehicles;
• Support for the introduction of very low emissions or zero emissions delivery systems; and
• Commitment to deliver these improvements through a partnership with businesses and government.
The Devolution Deal also provides new powers to support policies and actions across all modes and all transport users. Efficient logistics is recognised as being a key issue for TfWM.
Mercedes-Benz and FUSO Trucks UK are demonstrating continued future thinking under the new value proposition “Road Efficiency” under the three pillars of Low Total Costs through fuel efficiencies, Greater Safety through advanced safety technologies and Maximised Use with improved vehicle connectivity and downtime response.
Mercedes-Benz Econic, a class leader in safety and manoeuvrability with its Direct Vision cab, is the ideal truck for cities. Known predominantly in the industry for its refuse collection, the Econic is making waves in built up urban areas from uses in the construction sector, to distribution and delivery.
The FUSO Canter, sold and serviced through the Mercedes-Benz Dealer Network, opens the doors to the future of business in cities, with vehicles covering 3.5-tonne to 8.5-tonnes including the efficient 7.5t Eco Hybrid. The FUSO Canter self-charging Eco Hybrid is perfect for making the most of congested city traffic. Under way, the truck sets off in electric mode and after it reaches 6mph, the diesel engine kicks in. Energy is stored in the battery every time the user slows down below 6mph or brakes. The stored energy during this period then helps the driver accelerate, consuming less fuel and improving driver efficiency.