Friday, October 5, 2012

Road Haulage Representatives Can Assure ‘Legacy for Freight’

RHA Dinner Hears Praise from London Commissioner of Transport
Shipping News Feature

UK – On Tuesday the Road Haulage Association’s (RHA) annual lunch took place in London’s Connaught Rooms where the Commissioner of Transport for London, Peter Hendy CBE lavished praise on the industry particularly with reference to the efforts which hauliers put in to maintain the supply chain during the recent Olympic Games, ferrying freight throughout the capital despite the restrictions imposed on operators by the restriction of some key roads. The Commissioner said:

“The freight industry, operators and businesses planned their operations and adapted, keeping London stocked and serviced. On behalf of Boris and Transport for London (TfL), thank you. TfL did a bit but together we did a lot more.

“The Games have shown that London – its transport system, businesses and freight operators – can deliver. London has proved it can plan, build and operate a transport network able to support the most challenging logistical exercise any city can undertake.

“We will continue to work together - with you and other partners to ensure a true legacy for freight. We proved that the public and regulatory authorities can work together with the RHA and industry to help your businesses. We proved your regulators, the Traffic Commissioners and TfL, can act in the freight and logistics industry’s interests. And congratulations to the RHA for co-operation and for advancing their members interests so ably.

“TfL recognise the vital function played by freight activity and that the management of road traffic needs to reflect this in the future. As during the Games, this will need to be a fully co-ordinated approach by the authorities and with assistance from the freight industry, their suppliers and their customers. As Seb said ‘When the time came – Britain did it right’ and for that, as your National Chairman, Richard Fry said, you didn’t get medals – but you all deserve one”.

Mr Hendy’s speech was warmly received and RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning noted that although his members knew they had done a good job it made a difference to have such efforts acknowledged.