More investment is required to ensure the UK’s transport operations are fit for purpose.

That’s the message from Logistics UK’s policy director, Elizabeth de Jong.

The comments come in response to the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review. 

“Logistics UK is urging the government to recognise the vital role the logistics industry plays,” said de Jong.

Specifically, she highlighted support from the sector in the recovery from the pandemic.

In addition, she stressed the importance of the role that will be played on the road to net zero emissions. 

“The 2021 Comprehensive Spending Review must include investment into our transport infrastructure,” she added. 

Furthmore, she added that the need for world-class infrastructure “has never been greater”.

In particular, the Logistics UK director called for more investment in roads to reduce collection.

Also, she stated the importance of driver facilities to attract more truck drivers.

Additionally, rail capacity should also be increased, she suggested.

Finally, de Jong urged the government to prioritise funding for alternative fuels development. 

Meanwhile, Logistics UK hosted a skills panel at the Conservative Party Conference.

At the event, De Jong said government must increase its focus on job training for Level 2.

The fringe event featured a number of panelists.

For example, Alex Burghart, MP, the minister for apprenticeships and skills was one.

In addition, Steve Granite, founder of Think Logistics, was also present. 

The two discussed the training required within the logistics sector.

“Logistics workers are the backbone of the UK economy,” stated de Jong.

“However, 67% of roles in logistics are deemed by the government to be “low skilled” where there is limited funding and support.

“It is vital that the government increases its focus on Level 2 training.”

More investment needed in transport, says Logistics UK