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Freight should be part of Vision for London

Sadiq Khan

FTA says Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s London transport plan manifesto should include freight

THE Freight Transport Association (FTA) says London mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s Vision for London offers the opportunity for the freight and logistics industry to help deliver many of its objectives.

The Association has responded positively to the Labour candidate’s manifesto, stating that an affordable London transport system should include freight – in the interests of Londoners.

Christopher Snelling, the FTA’s head of national and regional policy, commented: ‘Mr Khan is right about the importance of an affordable transport system to London, and we hope he understands this means freight just as much as passengers.

‘Freight delivers London’s economy – any increase in the cost of delivering goods in London will increase the cost of businesses, and ultimately the cost of living for residents of London.

Mr Snelling said the FTA had also noted the scale of Mr Khan’s ambitions on housing.

‘To get the housing built that London needs, we will need to avoid making construction work much more expensive to do in London – that involves the delivery of the building materials and the removal of the waste, just as much as the on-site costs.’

Mr Snelling concluded: ‘The FTA is confident that working with the next Mayor, whoever it is, we can make London cleaner and safer whilst not making it a more expensive place to work and live.’

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