Excellent talks with Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister

Posted on: Wednesday, 17 November 2010 by Toby Carroll in categories Media and campaigns, Wales

On Monday we had a good meeting with John Woodcock, the new MP for Barrow and Furness, and Labour’s new Shadow Transport Minister in charge of roads, climate and freight.

Items for discussion…

It was an excellent opportunity for us to share our views about what the previous Labour Government did right and what FTA members feel it could have done better. In the same vein, he was interested in the coalition’s plans and whether they have benefited the logistics industry so far.

We explained that we were in support of the Infrastructure Planning Commission before it was abolished by the Coalition, but we also expressed our support for the current government’s line on Lorry Road User Charging, something Labour didn’t manage to progress very far. Encouragingly, it seems that the shadow transport team are open to the issue.

Among other agenda items were FTA’s Logistics Carbon Reduction Scheme, the impact of the Localism Bill on Transport planning and how this can be made to work when it seems at odds with a joined-up approach to national projects.

Severn Crossing tolls

We also expressed our disappointment at the Government’s decision to ramp up prices on the Severn Crossing. It is important to garner support now as whoever wins the 2015 election will have control of the bridge’s tolls when they are paid off in 2017.

It was good to have some time with a key member of the new Labour transport team, and we look forward to working closely in the future with Mr Woodcock and his colleagues.

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