North-east freight industry welcomes the refreshed Freight Action Plan

Stuart Smith 2014, News

Nestrans’ Freight Action Plan refresh (FAP2) was officially launched at the annual North East Scotland Freight Forum event this week.  The Plan sets out how Nestrans and partners can assist in the delivery of more effective and efficient freight operations, for the wider benefit of the north-east of Scotland.

Nestrans Deputy Chair, Eddie Anderson who is also Chair of the Freight Forum said, “The Freight Forum is a perfect example of public and private sectors working together to ensure we get the best from the industry. Their feedback and input was vital to the refresh and allowed us to create the best Plan for the future.

The freight industry is an important service for the north-east, working with hundreds of clients in many industries both locally and nationally. The launch of the FAP2 shows our continued commitment to the industry to ensure we have successful freight operations in the north east.”

Since 2008, Nestrans, together with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, have engaged with the local freight sector to progress the delivery of the actions contained in the initial plan. This refresh updates the original Freight Action Plan from July 2008.

Following a review of progress in 2012, the Nestrans Board approved that a refresh of the FAP be undertaken. The updated Plan has been developed based on lessons learned during the implementation of the initial plan. A variety of consultations with individual hauliers and key stakeholders took place with their input shaping the refresh.

The Vision of the 2013-2035 Nestrans Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) has also been adopted for this Freight Action Plan refresh. The aim is ‘A transport system for the north east of Scotland which enables a more economically competitive, sustainable and socially inclusive society.’

Five specific objectives have been identified for the Freight Action Plan. The first four objectives are carried forward from the initial FAP. The last objective has been introduced in this revised version.

– An economically competitive freight industry that supports the economy of the north east.

– A freight sector that can successfully respond to national and local environmental targets.

– A local and strategic transport network which enables the reliable and efficient movement of goods.

– Benefits for the north east freight industry which are realised through the ongoing development and delivery of wider transport and economic development initiatives.

– An engaged local freight sector provided with a platform to communicate freight issues, identify opportunities and propose solutions to benefit the north east.

In addition to launching the FAP2 the forum received updates on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and discussed options for the Wellington Road Corridor, a key route for freight companies. The event was attended by representatives from Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Harbour Board, AECOM, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Nestrans, Aberdeen Harbour Board, Scottish Council for Development and Industry as well as various freight and transport companies.

The full action plan can be viewed here.