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Reliable road infrastructure and accurate data a must, says FTA

  • 08 July 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Reliable road infrastructure combined with accurate data on network performance are vital components for a successful road transport operation, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Speaking at a seminar in Westminster last week (2 July) about the future of the UK’s roads and reform of the Highways Agency (HA), Malcolm Bingham, FTA head of roads policy, told delegates about the essential role hauliers play within the economy.

He also stressed the importance of a ensuring operators are not hindered from carrying out deliveries by underinvestment in the highways network.

“Unreliable journeys create a major challenge for operators,” said Bingham, with the FTA estimating the cost of a 44-tonne HGV at a standstill in traffic to be £1 per minue.

He added that last year, 39% of FTA members reported damage to their HGVs that could be attributed to poor road surfaces, with a hefty 88% of van operators reporting damage to their LCV fleets.

“Maintenance budgets should not be overlooked in central government and local road authority planning,” he warned.
Bingham said the FTA welcomed the government’s Infrastructure Bill, which should improve the funding and management of major roads.

However, on the subject of HA reform, he added that agency remained “sceptical” about how effective Passenger Focus and the Office of the Rail Regulator would be at representing the views of the road freight sector.


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