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22 October 2014

Newsflash

FORS Workshop Update

Tyne and Wear FORS held a workshop day on the 14th October. The day was well attended and generated a significant amount of discussion. The delegates came away from the very successful day with more knowledge and were satisfied at the standard of the course.

To see the presentations for course click here:

If you are a FORS member and would like to attend the next workshops on the 4th November please click on the following link, Tyne and Wear FORS Workshop registration

If you are not FORS registered and would like to attend please contact Paul Davison at paul.davison@aecom.com to register. The courses are DCPC accredited but only to those whose company is registered on FORS

September Newsletter

Introduction

This is the first newsletter for the 2014/15 Year 10 programme. It has been developed to inform you of the work already undertaken by the Partnership.

The 10th September quarterly meeting held at Gateshead Skills Academy at Team Valley was very successful and the meeting was followed by an interesting guided tour of the College’s impressive facilities.

Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

Registrations to the scheme have increased, with 119 companies in the North East region now registered, comprising 4,300 vehicles. Registrations can be completed in five minutes at www.fors-online.org.uk.

Fifty companies in the area are now bronze accredited and three have successfully achieved the silver standard. The Partnership would like to thank those organisations for their hard work in achieving this prestigious award. This hopefully sets the standard that other operators would like to attain.

FORS bronze assessments are fully funded by the Partnership and this will continue in programme year 2014-15. Pease apply as soon as possible to ensure you receive your audits at no cost to your organisation.

As FORS members you have access to a range of exclusive benefits and discounts that offer real competitive advantage. Full details of these benefits can be found on the FORS website (www.fors-online.org.uk)

A major benefit of FORS is the JAUPT certified Practitioner workshops which form part of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC). The Partnership has delivered 20 workshops over the last year, with feedback from the attendees being excellent.

Year 10 2014-15 workshops are shown in the following table:




To register your interest in attending the workshops please go to:
Tyne and Wear FORS Workshop registration

TfL have introduced new terms and conditions regarding FORS standards in the updated version 3.

The new standards will be introduced from 13 October 2014 for all levels of accreditation, including bronze re-approval audits. However, operators registering with FORS from 9 July 2014 will be required to be audited against the revised standards.

Here is a summary of the changes:

Bronze Audit
The bronze audit must be undertaken within 90 days of registration. If unsuccessful, any action points received must be resolved and carried out within 30 days of the initial audit.

Minors become majors at re-approval
When an auditor flags an issue as a minor non-compliance, if this issue is not satisfactorily addressed by the re-approval audit, the auditor will escalate the issue to a major non-compliance. This will result in failing the audit.

New vehicle safety features required
As part of the continual safety improvements to the FORS standards, new safeguards for vulnerable road users have been introduced at bronze level.

Maintaining the standard
To ensure the standards are maintained and give a level playing field for all of the fleet operators that have achieved FORS recognition, FORS will be taking a firm stance on those that fail to comply with the terms and conditions. Suspensions and terminations will be used more rigorously to ensure that vehicles displaying FORS signs meet the expected standards.

New route to accreditation
A Whole Fleet Accreditation (WFA) has been introduced which is available to national fleet operators with 16 or more operating centres seeking to gain accreditation by demonstrating widespread applicability of the FORS standard through an internal transport management system.

Operators who deliver within or into Tyne and Wear, who are interested in taking advantage of this scheme, should visit www.fors-online.org.uk or contact Paul Davison direct for further details on Tel: 01912246512 or by email: paul.davison@aecom.com

Don’t forget that audits and workshops are currently fully funded by the Partnership and TfL!

Safer Urban Driving

The Partnership has continued to offer the DCPC registered Safer Urban Driving course to drivers whose companies were registered on the FORS scheme. To date, there have been six courses delivered, which are designed to raise the HGV driver’s awareness of the vulnerable road user in shared road space.

The content of the course comprises a 3.5 hour classroom session which outlines potential hazards involving vulnerable road users, with the rest of the day comprising a practical cycling session on urban roads.

The feedback from the course has been very positive, both on the quality of the classroom training and the practical cycle training in the depot and on the road.

















The Partnership is offering further Safe Urban Driving Courses during 2014-15, in association with the Go Smarter to Work programme – please see http://www.gosmarter.co.uk/work and watch out for publicity announcing the dates and venues of future courses.

Mapping

The current suite of 25 maps hosted on the Partnership website has been reviewed to maintain the accuracy of the information and locations displayed. Site visits to the locations were carried out to ensure the accuracy of buildings and companies within each location. The master area map has been updated accordingly with the details gathered during the site visits.

Rail Freight

The Rail Partner Group will be meeting on the 18th November 2014 to discuss the opportunities for rail freight in the north east.

The North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership has commissioned a study into the business case for reinstating the Leamside line, a 21-mile route from Tursdale, County Durham, to Pelaw, near Gateshead.

Lynemouth Power station is leasing land from Harworth Estates to construct a new biomass power station adjacent to the existing power station, the lay down period is estimated to be 18 months - when commissioned the existing power station is to be decommissioned.

Impact of Longer Semi-trailers on Road Infrastructure

One of the tasks in the year 9 business plan was for the Partnership to consult with operators and industry trade representatives to understand the level of take up of the allocation of longer semi trailers and to identify the issues relating to the delivery points and infrastructure.

The DfT trial of longer semi-trailers has now been running for 12 months and a report has been published outlining the results of the data gathered throughout the trial year.

The report identifies that, at the end of 2013, nearly 600 LSTs were on the road – one third of the total allocation of about 1,800. DfT revised the allocation process in September 2013 and all the 1,800 quota was allocated to operators by the end of January 2014.

The evidence to date indicates that operating the LSTs on the trial so far has not led to an increase in casualty rates on public roads, when compared to the general operation of GB registered articulated HGVs. Whilst this is encouraging, it is too early to infer longer term conclusions about the safety of LSTs, as there are many factors associated with their operational practice that need to be taken into account.

The aim of the revised allocation process was to ensure that the original target of 1,800 LSTs (about 2% of the total GB semi-trailer fleet) running in the trial could be realised in 2014, and to meet demand from those in the industry who were ready to use the longer trailers.


Of the trailers known to be on the road, only about 20% are the shorter length category, up to 14.6m. The revised allocation process adopted by DfT in September 2013 acknowledged the greater interest in the longer 15.65m category and effectively removed the restriction on an allocation being fixed to one length category or the other

North East Freight Awards

The Partnership would like to acknowledge operators and drivers who have literally gone the extra mile to assist in making their operation more sustainable.

Operator of the year award
The purpose of this award is to recognise companies known to the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership who have excelled in their performance throughout the year and to go one step further than standard requirements.

Driver of the year award
The purpose of the Driver of the Year award is for the Tyne and Wear Partnership to show appreciation to a driver who has shown willingness to support their company with either appropriate suggestions or who shows positive attitude toward change

Promoting the Partnership on Twitter

To be able to keep followers of the Tyne and Wear Partnership up to date and have instant information on the Partnership, we have set up a bespoke twitter account. All work undertaken by the Partnership, newsflashes and details of meetings, will be tweeted to promote the Partnership.

Simply follow: @TyneandWearFP

Smart Urban Freight Conference – 11/12 June 2014

Organised by Newrail, the University of Newcastle’s dedicated railway research centre, the Smart Urban Freight Conference 2014 took place on 11th and 12th June 2014.

This unique event brought together several European research projects and industry stakeholders to discuss the following common themes and topics:
· Urban Logistics & Transport Operators
· Low Emission Vehicle Technologies
· Policy Initiatives & Business Models
· Urban Logistics as a commercial opportunity

The Freight Partnership was represented at the Conference by John Bourn, from the Regional Transport Team, and by Paul Davison, from Aecom. The Partnership’s display stand attracted considerable interest and delegates were able to take away the 2014 Partnership newsletter, hot off the presses, outlining the busy work programme for the current year. During the Conference proceedings, the Partnership was praised as an exemplar of successful collaborative working between the private and public sectors, with a joint interest in sustainable freight movement.

Cycling In the City Conference: Decarbonising Urban Delivery and Collection

Wednesday 15 October 201 10.00am - 4.10pm Venue: Newcastle University This was a joint event between TORG (Transport Operations Research Group) and Newrail from Newcastle University. The agenda for the all-day conference can be found here

Get Involved

As you are receiving this newsletter you will likely be involved in some way with transportation, whether it is rail or road.

If you have any interesting information you would like to share with other organisations, why not use the power of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership Newsletter.

It could be about your successes or anything else relevant to operations,

The Partnership undertakes a variety of projects every year, if you would like to get involved you are welcome to come along to the next meeting which is scheduled for 3rd December 2014 at North Tyneside Council, Quadrant East, Cobalt Business Park, The Silverlink North, NE27 0BY . Reception is at 10:00 for teas and coffees, with a 10:30 start.

For more information please contact Paul Davison by email on: paul.davison@aecom.com or by Tel: 0191 224 6512.

24 September 2014

Website Upgrade

Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership Website Upgrade

The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership Website will soon be having a facelift. In order that we can more easily make the changes the site will be unavailable at times between Friday 26th September 5pm and Monday 29th September 9am.

News Flash

Cycling in the City: Decarbonising Urban delivery and Collection

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - 10.00am - 4.10pm - Venue: Great Northern Museum Newcastle University

Jointly organised by the CILT Cycling and Environment & Sustainability Forums, this event explores the power, challenges and environmental benefits of cycling in a urban environment with contributions from a panel of distinguished experts.

The morning session will focus on the topic of "Cycling in the City", the afternoon session will focus on the topic of "Decarbonising Urban Delivery & Collection: an introduction to cycle logistics".

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided with the opportunity to network and debate topical issues surrounding cycling and the environment.
Full details of the agenda can be found here.

To secure your place at this important event, you may complete the booking process online. Alternatively, please fill in and return your booking form to Membership Services at Membership@ciltuk.org.uk or contact them on 01536 740104 quoting the event code ESF0307.

Attendance fees: This event is free to attend for members and non-members but you must book a place in order to attend.

Tyne and Wear FORS workshops update

As previously announced, Tyne and Wear FORS is continuing to provide a series of funded (free of charge to the attendee) workshops designed to assist operators improve the safety and efficiency of their operations. Operators from the area and likewise those who deliver into the area are again being encouraged to sign up.

The workshops are being run by the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and are usually reserved for FORS registered companies. However other operators are able to attend the Going for Bronze workshop, giving them an insight into the standards and requirements of the FORS scheme. We strongly recommend registering if you are considering joining the FORS scheme.

The half day workshops are designed for managers and workshops 2-9 count towards Driver CPC so operators can meet their legal obligations for the 2014 -2019 period through attendance (it should be noted that attendance must be to 2 workshops per day to count towards Driver CPC). It is important to note that unless the company is FORS registered the course will not count towards Driver CPC.

* To obtain your Driver CPC hours, you must bring £8.75 in cash for the upload fee and both parts of your driving licence.

Please visit Tyne and Wear FORS registration to book your place on any of the above workshops.

The workshops dates are:


Date

Workshops

Venue

Tues 30th Sept ‘14

9:00-16:30

(2) Managing work-related road safety
(3) Managing driver fitness and impairment

Alex Smiles Waste Management, Deptford Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR4 6DD

Tues 14th Oct ‘14

9:00-16:30

(4) Managing driver assessment and training
(5) Post-collision procedures and analysis

AECOM Office, First Floor, One Trinity Gardens, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2HF

Tues 4th Nov ‘14

9:00-16:30

(6) Safe and efficient fleet management
(7) Reducing fuel use and minimising environmental impacts

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

Tues 25th Nov ‘14

9:00-16:30

(8) Minimising transport fines and charges
(9) Monitoring and measuring road fleet performance

Lafarge Tarmac, Fell Bank, Portobello
Birtley DH3 2SS




Tues 9th Dec ‘14*

9:00-16:30

(0) Going for bronze
(1) Developing road transport policy

Lafarge Tarmac, Fell Bank, Portobello
Birtley DH3 2SS

Tues 13th Jan ‘15

9:00-16:30

(2) Managing work-related road safety
(3) Managing driver fitness and impairment

Lafarge Tarmac, Fell Bank, Portobello
Birtley DH3 2SS

Tues 3rd Feb ‘15
9:00-16:30

4) Managing driver assessment and training
(5) Post-collision procedures and analysis

Port of Tyne, Maritime House, Tyne Dock, South Shields, NE34 9PT

Tues 24th Feb ‘15

9:00-16:30

(6) Safe and efficient fleet management
(7) Reducing fuel use and minimising environmental impacts

Lafarge Tarmac, Fell Bank, Portobello
Birtley DH3 2SS

Tues 10th Mar ‘15

9:00-16:30

(8) Minimising transport fines and charges
(9) Monitoring and measuring road fleet performance

Lafarge Tarmac, Fell Bank, Portobello
Birtley DH3 2SS

*Does not count towards Driver CPC

27 August 2014

News Flash

Tyne and Wear FORS workshops


As you may be aware, Tyne and Wear FORS is continuing to provide a series of funded (free of charge to the attendee) workshops designed to assist operators improve the safety and efficiency of their operations has been approved. These continue in 2014/15 and operators who deliver into the area are again being encouraged to sign up.

The workshops are being run by the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and are usually reserved for FORS registered companies. However other operators are able to attend the Going for Bronze workshop, giving them an insight into the standards and requirements of the FORS scheme. We strongly recommend registering if you are considering joining the FORS scheme.

The half day workshops are designed for managers and workshops 2-9 count towards Driver CPC so operators can meet their legal obligations through attendance (it should be noted that attendance must be to 2 workshops per day to count towards Driver CPC). It is important to note that unless the company is FORS registered the course will not count towards Driver CPC.
* To obtain your Driver CPC hours, you must bring £8.75 in cash for the upload fee and both parts of your driving licence.

Please visit Tyne and Wear FORS registration to book your place on any of the above workshops.

The workshops are:


Date

Workshops

Venue

Tues 16th Sept ‘14*

9:00-16:30

(0) Going for bronze
(1) Developing road transport policy

Mansion House, Fernwood Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1TJ

Tues 30th Sept ‘14
9:00-16:30

(2) Managing work-related road safety
(3) Managing driver fitness and impairment

Alex Smiles Waste Management, Deptford Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear SR4 6DD

Tues 14th Oct ‘14
9:00-16:30

(4) Managing driver assessment and training
(5) Post-collision procedures and analysis

AECOM Office, First Floor, One Trinity Gardens, Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2HF

Tues 4th Nov ‘14
9:00-16:30

(6) Safe and efficient fleet management
(7) Reducing fuel use and minimising environmental impacts

Stephenson Room, Newcastle Civic, Newcastle upon Tyne / NE1 8QH

Tues 25th Nov ‘14
9:00-16:30

(8) Minimising transport fines and charges
(9) Monitoring and measuring road fleet performance

TBC




Tues 9th Dec ‘14*
9:00-16:30

(0) Going for bronze
(1) Developing road transport policy

TBC

Tues 13th Jan ‘15
9:00-16:30

(2) Managing work-related road safety
(3) Managing driver fitness and impairment

TBC

Tues 3rd Feb ‘15
9:00-16:30

4) Managing driver assessment and training
(5) Post-collision procedures and analysis

Port of Tyne, Maritime House, Tyne Dock, South Shields, Tyne and Wear NE34 9PT

Tues 24th Feb ‘15
9:00-16:30

(6) Safe and efficient fleet management
(7) Reducing fuel use and minimising environmental impacts

TBC

Tues 10th Mar ‘15
9:00-16:30

(8) Minimising transport fines and charges
(9) Monitoring and measuring road fleet performance

TBC

*Does not count towards Driver CPC


Please visit Tyne and Wear FORS registration to book your place on any of the above workshops.

17 June 2014

News Flash

Safe Urban Driving

The course delivered on the 3rd June 2014 and was designed to raise the HGV driver’s awareness of the vulnerable road user in shared road space.

The content of the course comprises a 3.5 hour classroom session which outlines potential hazards involving vulnerable road users, with 3.5 hours comprising a practical cycling session on urban roads. The course is DCPC accredited and counts towards the 35 hours required for the accreditation.

The feedback from the course has been very positive, both on the quality of the classroom training and especially the practical cycle training in the depot and on the road.

The Partnership is planning to offer further Safe Urban Driving Courses during 2014 in association with the Go Smarter to Work programme, the remaining planned courses are:
July 2nd 2014
July 9th 2014

If you would like to register your driver on the course please contact John Bourn of the Regional Transport Team on Tel: 0191 2778972 or by e-mail: john.bourn@newcastle.gov.uk


Smart Fusion event

The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership was represented at a major European Freight Conference held recently in Newcastle.

Organised by Newrail, the University of Newcastle’s dedicated railway research centre, the Smart Urban Freight Conference 2014 took place on 11th and 12th June 2014. This unique event brought together several European research projects and industry stakeholders to discuss the following common themes and topics:

Urban Logistics & Transport Operators
Low Emission Vehicle Technologies
Policy Initiatives & Business Models
Urban Logistics as a commercial opportunity

The Freight Partnership was represented at the Conference by John Bourn, from the Regional Transport Team, and by Paul Davison, from Aecom. The Partnership’s display stand attracted considerable interest and delegates were able to take away the 2014 Partnership newsletter, hot off the presses, outlining the busy work programme for the current year. During the Conference proceedings, the Partnership was praised as an exemplar of successful collaborative working between the private and public sectors, with a joint interest in sustainable freight movement.
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Left to right: Paul Davison (Aecom), John Bourn (Regional Transport Team) and Tom Zunder, Manager of the Freight and Logistics Research Group at Newrail

28 February 2014

January Newsletter

Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS)

Registrations to the scheme have already gained momentum with 67 companies in the North East region now registered to FORS. Registrations can be completed in five minutes at www.fors-online.org.uk

Twelve companies in the area are now bronze accredited. The Partnership would like to thank those companies for their hard work in achieving this prestigious award. This sets the standard that we would like other operators to aspire to.

FORS bronze assessments are fully funded by the Partnership and this will continue in programme year 2013-14. Pease apply as soon as possible to ensure you receive your audits at no cost to your organisation.

As FORS members you have access to a range of exclusive benefits and discounts that offer real competitive advantage. Full details of these benefits can be found on the FORS website (www.fors-online.org.uk)

A major benefit of FORS is the JAUPT certified Practitioner workshops (DCPC). The Partnership has delivered 14 workshops over a seven day period with another 10 workshops still available until the end of March.

The remaining workshops are shown in the table below:


5

13/03/2014

Post-collision procedures and analysis

6

Safe and efficient fleet management

7

20/03/2014

Reducing fuel use and minimising environmental impacts

8

Minimising transport fines and charges

9

27/03/2014

Monitoring and measuring road fleet performance

0

Going for bronze


To register your interest in attending the workshops (which have attracted lots of positive feedback from operators who have already attended) please go to http://www.tandwforsworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk

The workshops have proved to be very successful generating a very good attendance and much informed discussion and sharing of good practice. An added benefit from attending the workshops, other than giving DCPC accreditation, is the certified FORS Practitioner award. The certificate is presented to anyone who has attended nine of the workshops and have gained their company the bronze accreditation. To date 12 workshop attendees have completed the full suite of FORS workshops and have been awarded FORS Practitioner certificates.



Bronze accredited members will also be encouraged to progress to the Silver and Gold accreditation.


The Partnership will consult with local authorities to make FORS accreditation a contractual prerequisite in procurement systems, in line with practice in London. This will help businesses ensure that their suppliers are operating legally and as efficiently as possible.

Operators who deliver within or into the region and who are interested in taking advantage of this scheme, should visit www.fors-online.org.uk or contact Paul Davison direct for further details. Don’t forget that audits and workshops are currently fully- funded!

Safe Urban Driving

The Partnership offered the DCPC registered course to drivers whose companies were registered on the FORS scheme. The course was delivered on the 3rd October 2013 and is designed to raise the HGV driver’s awareness of the vulnerable road user in shared road space.

The content of the course comprises a 3.5 hour classroom session which outlines potential hazards involving vulnerable road users, with the rest of the day comprising a practical cycling session on urban roads.









The feedback from the course has been very positive, both on the quality of the classroom training and especially the practical cycle training in the depot and on the road.

The Partnership is planning to offer further Safe urban Driving Courses during 2014, in association with the Go Smarter to Work programme – please see http://www.gosmarter.co.uk/work and watch out for publicity announcing the dates and venues of future courses.





















Mapping

The current suite of 25 maps hosted on the Partnership website has been reviewed to maintain the accuracy of the information and locations displayed. The site visit was carried out to ensure the accuracy of buildings and companies within each location.

The master area has been updated accordingly with the details gathered during the site visits.

Rail Freight

The Rail Partner Group meets every six months with attendance still as strong as ever from organisations in the rail industry.

The latest meeting was kindly hosted by Newrail at the Great North Museum, Newcastle on 26th November 2013. During the meeting:

  • Port of Blyth stated their aspirations for 22 train slots per week and colleagues from Northumberland County Council and Network Rail discussed future proposals for development of the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne line.
  • Drax power station has commissioned new 70 tonne capacity wagons for transporting biomass from Port of Tyne to the power station. Network Rail is in the process of amending the signalling method to improve capacity at the port.
  • It was stated that the Port of Sunderland was moving into the offshore and renewable sectors with success.
  • UK Coal rail interests stated that coal is currently extracted from the Butterwell and Potland Burn sites and transported to Drax, Trent Valley and other power stations.
The Partnership is discussing with Newrail future plans for collaboration and sharing of knowledge, including assistance in the evaluation of student projects related to freight movement.

Impact of Longer Semi-trailers on Road Infrastructure

The DfT trial of longer semi-trailers is now well into the 10 year trial period.

The Partnership is currently engaging with operators that transport goods in Tyne and Wear to determine what the impact of the Longer Semi-Trailer trial has been.

We are employing a number of methods to canvass opinions including e-surveys and telephone consultations. We will look to report the results of the research by the summer.

Multi-Model Carbon Calculator (MMCC)

Case studies are being developed in response to feedback received from the Rail Partner Group. It has been suggested there could be scope for the tool to indicate where distances made a particular mode economic (e.g. over 200 miles for rail).

Mode is dictated by what the customers wants and in the coal industry customers (e.g. power stations) want their coal delivered by rail.

The multi-modal carbon calculator can be found here

Promoting the Partnership on Twitter

To be able to keep followers of the Tyne and Wear Partnership up to date and have instant information on the Partnership, we have set up a bespoke twitter account. All work undertaken by the Partnership, newsflashes and details of meetings, will be tweeted to promote the Partnership.

Simply follow: @TyneandWearFP

RiFLE Conference

The Partnership was invited to attend the Rifle Conference held in the Great North Museum.

RiFLE stands for Rail Freight and Logistics Curriculum Development project funded under the ERASMUS programme of the European Commission. The project started in October 2010 and involved four partners from the UK, NewRail (Newcastle University); Rome, University of Rome “Sapienza”; Germany, University of Applied Science in Ingolstadt and Bulgaria, Todor Kableshkov Higher School of Transport

Love Cycling, Go Dutch Conference

This conference was one of a series of ‘Love Cycling, Go Dutch’ conferences, previous venues being Bristol, London, Edin­burgh and Manchester in 2012 and Birmingham in 2013.

The conference took place on 5th November 2013 in the Banqueting Hall of Newcastle Civic Centre.

The conference was designed for decision-makers and practitioners in Newcastle (and its wider economic hinterland) to debate how cycling can have a role at the heart of healthy and wealthy cities. The conference outcomes were to inform, inspire and lead to further collaboration with the Netherlands.

Key topics in the plenary sessions and workshops included:

  • How the Netherlands become a cycling nation with the highest cycling levels in the world
  • Why cycling is good for the economy by contributing to liveable cities and neighbourhoods
  • What is sustainable safety‌ And what we can learn about road safety from the Dutch
  • How to create strategic cycling routes and build cycle-friendly new developments
  • The huge health benefits of everyday cycling – a reason in itself to invest in quality cycling infrastructure
One of the practical outcomes of the conference was to progress the redesign of a local junction or area based on Dutch design principles.

C-LIEGE

The Clean Last mile transport and logistics management for smart and Efficient local Governments in Europe (C-LIEGE) project was an exciting trans-European project that aimed to showcase good practice and provide a helping hand for all European cities striving to deliver cleaner and more sustainable urban freight transport.

An innovative set of integrated solutions and
push-and-pull demand-oriented measures were tested at seven sites across Europe, including Newcastle. The Freight Partnership provided advice to Newcastle to help them outline to their European partners the best ways to establish Freight Quality Partnerships in their own cities. We also shared details of our good practice initiatives, such as FORS.

The project ended in November 2013 with a final Conference aimed at sharing the knowledge learnt with other towns and cities to help address the challenges and opportunities for sustainable freight movement across Europe.

Urban Freight Conference – 11/12 June 2014

The University of Newcastle are holding a major conference on urban freight this summer, starting on the afternoon of 11th June and then all day on 12th June.

The Freight Partnership hopes to be present and contribute to the conference which will be free to attend and will emphasise interactive knowledge exchange rather than platform presentations.

More details will be provided as the event draws nearer but we would encourage you to note the date in your diary.

Get Involved

The Partnership undertakes a variety of projects every year and if you would like to get involved with the Partnership or simply share your ideas, you are welcome to come along to the next meeting which is scheduled for 11th March 2014 at South Shields Town Hall, Reception is at 10:00 for teas and coffees, with a 10:30 start.

For more information please contact Paul Davison by email on: paul.davison@aecom.com or by Tel: 0191 224 6500.