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9 August 2016

News Flash

Rail Freight recommences at Port of Sunderland

DB Cargo UK is working with scrap metal merchants Ward Bros Limited to transport materials by rail from its scrap processing facility at the Port of Sunderland to the Celsa Steel UK works in Cardiff.

The product will be recycled from scrap into top grade and responsibly sourced steel.

The trains carrying the metal are the first to run out of the Port of Sunderland since 1998. The Partnership visited the site in 2015 to hear about the investment it had made in reconnecting the port to the rail network and it is fantastic news that rail freight is now active at the facility.

Further information can be found here.

Highways England (HE) is taking forward an ambitious programme to improve and modernise the strategic road network. They are investing £11 billion between 2015-20 to support economic growth, create a safe and more-free flowing network, to improve the environment and to create a more accessible and integrated network.

A key activity the HE is currently taking forward is the Driving for Work Initiative which is a business outreach programme, consisting of free to attend events, seminars and conferences, created to help employers understand their legal obligations and to understand the business benefits of managing those obligations.

Further information can be found at http://www.drivingforwork.net. This initiative reflects the need to reduce road traffic collisions (RTCs) relating to work.

The HE would welcome your thoughts on how they can improve the safety of our network. Please use the following email address for any information or questions you may have – strategicsafetyteam@highwaysengland.co.uk

In addition, the HE’s strategic safety team is currently arranging an event to gather together all stakeholders who would like to be involved with these initiatives.

If you are interested, please arrange for a designated contact in your company to reply with their contact details to the email address above to be included.

20 July 2016

News Flash

Education and Training

The Partnership has provided a database of courses relevant to freight that can be undertaken in the region. Please see this page for a full list covering all levels and course types. It demonstrates that there is a wide range of education and training available across the region’s institutions. Please let us know if there are any omissions or corrections.

26 May 2016

News Flash

June Partnership Meeting

We now have an agenda confirmed for the North East Freight Partnership June meeting. Please see below. Haymarket Bus Station and Metro Station are located close by and the Civic Centre is approximately a 15 minute walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Parking is not available at the building itself, however there are a number of multi-storey car parks in close proximity, including an NCP on John Dobson Street.

Meeting Title:

June 2016 Quarterly Partnership Meeting

Project:

North East Freight Partnership

Job No/Ref:

 

Location:

Bewick Dobson Room, Newcastle Civic Centre

Date held:

June 8th 2016

Duration:

2 hours

Start Time:

10:30

Time

Item

 

10:00

Reception - Teas and coffees available

 

10:30

Introductions and Apologies

 

10:35

 

Minutes of March 2016 meeting

  • Matters arising from March meeting

John Bourn

10:40

See Me, Save Me

  • A presentation on the campaign which works to eradicate collisions between heavy goods vehicles and more vulnerable road users.

Councillor Kate Cairns

11:05

An Introduction to Gas to Liquids (GTL) and its potential to improve Air Quality

·         Shell will be outlining how GTL can help to address air quality issues

Shell representative

11:30

Urban Core Capacity Study

  • AECOM is currently working on a study to look at transport movements through Newcastle’s urban core. Let the project team know what issues you have as an operator.

Gemma Paget, AECOM

11:45

Nissan Logistics (TBC)

·         Peter Dance will be discussing the movement of goods related to the Sunderland Nissan plant.

Peter Dance  (TBC)

12:05

Task update for year 11

  • Update of agreed tasks

Paul Davison

12:25

Any Other Business

  •  

John Bourn

12.30

Close of meeting

  • Next meeting: 7th September, Durham Town Hall

 

If you could let us know by e-mailing paul.davison@aecom.com if you intend to join us, for catering purposes.

News Flash

Durham Services Truck Information Point (TIP) fixed

The issues with the Truck Information Point at Durham services have now been resolved. During our visit we noticed that fuel is not currently available at Durham Services whilst the filling station is being rebuilt. HGV parking and other facilities are available as normal.

26 April 2016

News Flash

Rail Partner Group Meeting – Change of Venue

Please be advised that the Rail Partner Group meeting on the 17th May has now been changed to Blyth Workspace, Commissioners Quay, Quay Road, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 3AG. This venue affords us a superior meeting room and scope for an earlier start. Full agenda to follow.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

There are regular buses from Blyth town centre, however if anyone requires a lift please let us know and we will arrange transport.

21 April 2016

News Flash

HGV Cycle Safety Technology

The Partnership is working with HGV-cycle safety technology providers and road freight operators to investigate and support, promote the application of equipment to protect vulnerable road users. We have recently added two case studies to the website, which outline how both AFI Uplift and Elddis Transport have applied HGV-cycle safety technology to their vehicles.

These can be found at Best Practice>Safety of Vulnerable Road Users>HGV Cycle Safety Technology. We will be continuing to investigate this area and adding further case studies throughout the year.

Spring Newsletter

The partnership spring newsletter is now available to download here. The freight industry took centre stage when the Partnership handed out its second annual awards at the March meeting, held at the Port of Tyne headquarters. Driver Andy Mitchell (pictured), who works for Elddis Transport, based in Leadgate, County Durham, was named Driver of the Year.

14 March 2016

News Flash

Northern transport strategy 2016 report

The Northern transport strategy spring 2016 report was launched by Transport for the North and the Department for Transport on Monday 7 March 2016, in Gateshead.

The report sets out plans for transformative projects such as Northern Powerhouse rail and Smart North – a system to help passengers switch easily between buses, trains and trams across the region while ensuring value for money. It also reports on some of the key improvements made over the last year across the region, and gives an update on progress with a number of important studies – including the Northern Region freight and logistics strategy and the Northern TransPennine route study that was discussed at the December meeting of the Partnership.

26 February 2016

News Flash

March Partnership Meeting

We now have an agenda confirmed for the North East Freight Partnership March meeting. Please see below.

As discussed, we are pleased to welcome speakers from Calor and the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, we’ll have the opportunity to receive updates on initiatives associated with the Partnership and discuss issues which affect freight in the North East. The meeting is being hosted by Port of Tyne at Maritime House. Please see attached for instructions here detailing how to get there. If you could let us know by e-mailing paul.davison@aecom.com if you intend to join us, for catering purposes.

Location:

Maritime House, Tyne Dock, South Shields

Date held:

March 8th 2016

Duration:

2 hours

Start Time:

10:30

Time

Item

10:00

Reception - Teas and coffees

10:30

Introductions and Apologies

John Bourn (NECA)

10:35

Minutes of December 2016 meeting

  • Matters arising from December meeting

John Bourn

10:40

Presentation on the activities of Port of Tyne

Phil Bedford (Port of Tyne)

10:50

Calor alternative fuelled freight vehicles

  • Presentation about the use of propane and LNG to power freight vehicles

Mark Gilks (Calor)

11:15

TfN update

Update about the Freight and Logistics study

John Bourn

11:20

Hexham HGV Parking Research

· Update on research into HGV parking facilities in the Hexham area and the issues experienced at Wentworth Car Park

Chris Allan

(AECOM)

11:30

Update on the activities of the Partnership

· Overview of the activities of the Partnership for Year 11 of the Partnership

Paul Davison (AECOM)

11:50

Driver and Operator of the Year Award

· Presentation of the annual NEFP awards 2016

Mike Page

(AECOM)

12:00

Activities of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

  • Presentation on the activities of the LCVP, which looks to promote the use of cleaner alternative fuels

Brian Robinson (LCVP)

12:25

Any Other Business

John Bourn

12.30

Close of meeting

  • Next meeting: Date and venue TBC

24 January 2016

News Flash

Transport for the North Freight and Logistics Strategy

A stakeholder conference was held in Leeds on 14th January to provide further information about progress with the Transport for the North Freight and Logistics Strategy and to share some of the emerging findings. The TfN Freight website has been updated following the conference, and the slide pack is available to download at http://www.tfnfreight.org



5 January 2016

News Flash

More FORS workshop dates planned

The Freight Partnership is continuing with its series of free CPC accredited workshops to share best practice and help you meet your legal obligations. Sessions focus on key issues, including safety, penalty charge notices and fuel efficiency.

The workshops, which are DCPC accredited, have generated excellent feedback from those attending. An added benefit from taking part in the workshops 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 FORS accreditation. Workshop dates in the North East and London can be found and booked at: (www.eventbrite.co.uk). We would like to thank Brigade for sponsoring the most recent workshop on 8th December. The photograph below shows (left to right), John Field of Brigade, John Bourn of the North East Combined Authority and Andrew Lawrence of Brigade.