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22 July 2019

News Flash

Government consultation on improving trading conditions

Officials from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy are keen to hear from SME owners and other business decision makers on a range of issues related to their ongoing success and growth. They are hosting a series of workshops in Durham to capture views on themes including the cost of doing business (e.g. complying with regulations), how entrepreneurs access the information and advice they need, and whether existing support mechanisms available to them, such as funding streams, are effective. These workshops are also likely to include Brexit preparations, employing EU citizens and exporting.

The event is on Tuesday 30th July, 09:30 till 11.30 at Salvus House, Aykley Heads, Durham..
Please use the link below to register for the event:

2 July 2019

News Flash

Northumbrian Water Innovation Event of the Year

Northumbrian Water would like to invite you to the ‘innovation event of the year’, Northumbrian Waters Innovation Festival, where Ford will be hosting a sprint tent focussed on “Designing Vehicles Of The Future Today”.

The event is being held 8-12 July at Newcastle racecourse and will consist of two 2-days sprints:

July 8-9Designing vehicles of the future today - Vehicle Connectivity
July 10-11Designing vehicles of the future today - Vehicle Cabin as an Office

They would be delighted if you could join them for one or both of these sprints, sharing your thoughts and industry insights to help shape the vehicles of the future.

Further details of the festival can be found on the Innovation Festival website here, with specifics around the Ford sprint and how to register to join at this link to Ford Sprint.

Places are filling up for this event and it would be really great to see you!

17 May 2019

News Flash

TRIP/Lo-City CPC courses

Dear All,

The North East Freight Partnership is pleased to announce it has organised two CPC-accredited Lo-City/Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) courses for Summer 2019. These courses are free for North East operators and cover the following two 3.5 hour modules:

Lo-City Fuel Efficiency, Emissions & Air Quality: This module focuses on vehicle emissions, fuel efficient driving techniques and cleaner vehicle and alternative fuel technologies. The course equips drivers with knowledge of urban driving in the wider context and the strategy to improve air quality, actions and techniques to reduce fuel consumption and costs and the importance of vehicle checks and maintenance to reduce unnecessary emissions. An interactive case study that covers the cause and effects of poor air quality, driver behaviour and fuel consumption is also explored.

Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention: Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention (TRIP) equips drivers with the knowledge and skills to operate safely and reduce the risks of terrorism. This module aims to substantially increase the awareness of HGV drivers relating to their own personal safety and security as well as outlining their role and responsibilities safeguarding the general public. TRIP focuses on the importance of the HGV driver’s personal safety and security in relation to the potential exposure to criminal and hostile acts; emphasising the importance of their role ensuring their vehicles, including the loads they carry, remain safe, secure and legal at all times.

These courses take place on the 5th June and 19th June 2019 at Holiday Inn, Emerson, Washington NE37 1LB. To book a place please contact training providers Fleet Source here.

14 May 2019

News Flash

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems Project – Freight on the A19 near the Port of Tyne

Amey Consulting has been appointed by Highways England to undertake a feasibility/scoping study for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) corridors in the North East. Part of this project will look at how we can use technology to improve Freight movements on the A19 between Downhill Lane and the Port of Tyne in the district councils of Sunderland and South Tyneside.

While Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) focus on digital technologies providing intelligence placed at the roadside or in vehicles, C-ITS focuses on the communication between those systems – whether it is a vehicle communicating with another vehicle, with the infrastructure, or with other C-ITS systems.

Our proposed solution aims to deliver better and more relevant routing information than can currently be obtained through existing data sources in order to improve travel times. The system will also deliver in-vehicle signage – with the aim of increasing driver awareness of incidents on the network. This information will be delivered by an app on an in-cab device to a trial group of freight vehicles.

We are looking to speak with fleet operators who frequently use the A19 and the Port of Tyne who may also be interested in trialling the system in vehicles over the coming years.

For further information on the project, please contact: or 07876 357 480

25 March 2019

News Flash

25 February 2019

News Flash

North East Freight Partnership Brexit Report

A new report into how Brexit may impact how freight is transported in the region and potential mitigation is available for download in our reports section here

The North East Freight Partnership is supported by the North East Combined Authority and the North of Tyne Combined Authority.

15 February 2019

News Flash

Next Freight Partnership Meeting – 8th March 2019

Greggs House, Quorum Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8BU
Quorum Business Park is just 4 miles from Newcastle City Centre within an 8 minute drive of both the A1 and A19. There are up to 52 buses per hour serving the park, providing quick access to the Metro and the City Centre. Quorum is served by a number of bus routes from across the area. Quorum’s local metro station is Four Lane Ends, an easy walk along Benton Lane or a 5 minute bus journey. A map and further travel information can be found here.

We have already lined up speakers from Greggs and Highways England.

A full agenda will be provided in due course.

We hope to see you there.

Kind Regards,


14 January 2019

News Flash

Save the Date - Port of Antwerp

Each year, over 16 million tonnes of cargo are handled between the Port of Antwerp and the UK. After Brexit it is the Port’s intention to continue to be the preferred European transport & distribution hub for UK products.

To demonstrate this continued commitment, Port of Antwerp will be holding a Trade & Logistics Roadshow in Birmingham on 13th February 2019 and in London on 14th February 2019.

The events will be highly interactive and give all parties the opportunity to investigate together how they can optimise your cargo and transport flows through Antwerp.

You will also learn more about how they can support your import and export supply chain post-Brexit. Port of Antwerp will highlight r various multimodal transport solutions, available handling and storage capacity, trade facilitation, digitisation and innovative measures.

There will also be an opportunity to network with your peers and with the Antwerp logistics service providers during a walking dinner (Birmingham) or lunch (London).

Later this month we will forward a more detailed programme. In the meantime, please mark your calendar and save the date for one or both of these highly interesting events. If you have any questions please contact Justin Atkin (

8 January 2019

News Flash

National Infrastructure Commission Meeting – 10th January 2019

Special NE Freight Partnership meeting with the National Infrastructure Commission – 10th January 2019, 13.00-15.30; Stephenson Committee Room, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.


The North East Freight Partnership have been invited to discuss the emerging Freight Study with the National Infrastructure Commission at this specially arranged workshop in January.

The National Infrastructure Commission are developing the study on the future of freight, the terms of reference for which are available at,

The Commission’s study will review options to improve the existing infrastructure and recommend ways to use new technologies and processes to transform how freight moves by road and rail, in towns and cities, cross-country and into and out of ports and airports. An interim report, which will set out the Commission’s assessment of the issues faced in the pursuit of a more efficient, low-carbon freight sector, and the associated areas for government action, is due imminently. A final report is due in 2019. This is our chance to influence that to recommend changes in infrastructure planning and investment.

Working with the Partnership, the region contributed to a call for evidence which is attached to this invite. This meeting is our chance to discuss some of the opportunities and challenges facing the freight sector in the region and to explore some of the emerging trends facing the sector.

The meeting will take place at Newcastle Civic Centre on Thursday 10th January 2019, at 1pm until 3.30pm. The Civic Centre is close to Haymarket Metro station and bus station. Associated pay and display parking can be found around the Civic Centre, as well as being 20 minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Station. Please note building work is taking place around the centre, therefore access is only via the Tower Block reception which can be accessed from Ceremonial Way or the rear car park. A map can be found here.

We can now confirm the agenda for this meeting see below,


Stephenson Committee Room, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH

Date Held

10th January 2019


1.5 hours

Start Time





Arrival and Refreshments

Andrew Dorrian


Introductions and Apologies


Purpose of the session

Andrew Dorrian


Overview of the Freight study

Fiona Jenkins NIC


Snapshot of the Region’s response to the Call for Evidence and a review of the Partnership’s activities

Andrew Dorrian and Paul Davison


Roundtable discussions focusing on key themes


· Congestion, capacity and resilience

· Urban freight

· Carbon and air quality

· Technology

· Governance (how to move towards a more co-ordinated approach)

All, (Circa 10mins on each)


Close of Meeting