FTA's Own Welsh Assembly

Posted on: Thursday, 23 February 2012 by Mike Webb in categories Wales, Conservative, Labour, Plaid_Cymru

Yesterday, FTA held another one of its popular engagement days with a series of influential politicians in the National Assembly for Wales. A small delegation of FTA staff and members of the Welsh Freight Council gathered in the charming surroundings of Cardiff Bay to spread the message of freight to the principality's main opinion-formers.

First up was Conservative Transport spokesman Byron Davies. Mr Davies was both interested and supportive on a number of levels of the three central messages FTA was seeking to convey - the need for Wales to see a genuine plan for the Severn Crossing in place before the concession ends in 2017, the desperate need for lorry parking in both north and south Wales, and the infrastructure challenges holding Wales back internationally.

This message was also heeded by his Plaid Cymru counterpart Rhodri Glyn Thomas. Mr Thomas was particularly interested in the potential for developing lorry parking, with the FTA delegation quick to impress on both him and Mr Davies the real world imact of organised theft from and of vehicles forced to park in laybys and other insecure locations.

Finally, FTA sat down with the Chair of the Local Government and Communities Committee Ann Jones AM. She is passionately enthusiastic about rail freight, and FTA was happy to discuss the state of rail freight and the barriers to modal shift which impact upon Welsh logistics.

FTA looks forward to engaging further with the Assembly over the coming months for the benefit of our members both based in Wales, and trading in Wales.

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