New Safe Urban Driving workshops to take place

June 3, 2014
9:00 amto5:30 pm
June 11, 2014
9:00 amto5:30 pm
July 2, 2014
9:00 amto5:30 pm
July 9, 2014
9:00 amto5:30 pm

Following the cuccess of the trial workshop last September, a further series of Safe Urban Driving (Be Cyclist Aware) workshops are to be held,  helping drivers of goods vehicles and buses to understand the perspective of cyclists.  The courses have been organised as part of the Go Smarter to Work programme. 

With cycling levels rising across Tyne and Wear and ambitious plans for further growth, it is important for drivers of larger vehicles to address the needs of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists, with whom they share road space.

The workshops are Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) accredited so they can make a valuable contribution to helping freight drivers achieve their mandatory CPC requirements.

The content of each free one day workshop comprises a 3.5 hour classroom session which outlines the potential hazards involving vulnerable road users, with the rest of the day comprising a practical cycling session on urban roads.

Up to 20 people can be accommodated on each course and there will be a series of courses during 2014/15.  The first four courses scheduled are on the following dates:

June 3rd 2014

 June 11th 2014

July 2nd 2014

July 9th 2014

 Further courses will take place depending on demand.

The venue for the courses is:

AG Barr, Benfield Rd, Walkergate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE6 5XA

 If you would like your drivers to take part in the free HGV Safe Urban Driving / Be Cyclist Aware one day workshop, please contact John Bourn: Tel: 0191 2778972 or alternatively e-mail: john.bourn@newcastle.gov.uk

Meeting of the Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum

May 13, 2014
4:00 pmto7:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum will be held in the Whickham Room at Gateshead Civic Centre on Tuesday 13th May, beginning at 16.00.  A finger buffet will be available at the start of the meeting.  Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

The Forum is an independent body with an interest in public rights of way and access to the countryside in our area. It meets four times a year and new members are welcome.  If you live in Tyne and Wear and have an interest in countryside or access issues, why not come along to the meeting and see if you are interested in becoming a member?

For further information, including how to join the Local Access Forum, please call 0191-2116024 or email localaccessforum@tyneandwearltp.gov.uk.  You can also visit the LAF’s website.

May 2014 meeting of the Tyne and Wear Rail Freight Partner Group

May 20, 2014
11:00 amto1:30 pm

The May 2014 meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership’s Rail Freight Partner Group - the first of the 2014/15 financial year – will take place in the St Mary’s Room, in Aecom’s offices at Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, starting at 11.00am on 20th May.  Tea and coffee will be available before the start of the meeting and a sandwich lunch will be provided midway through the agenda.

Anyone with an interest in freight movement by rail is welcome to attend.

To pre-register your attendance and receive an agenda for the meeting, please contact Michael Page at Aecom on (0191) 2246512.

June 2014 meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership

June 4, 2014
10:30 amto12:30 pm

The June 2014 meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership – the first of the 2014/15 financial year – will take place in the Council Chamber, on the first floor of Gateshead Civic Centre, starting at 10.30am on 4th June.  Tea and coffee will be available and anyone with an interest in sustainable freight movement is welcome to attend.

To pre-register your attendance and receive an agenda for the meeting, please contact Michael Page at Aecom on (0191) 2246512.

More FORS workshops planned

January 16, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
February 6, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
March 13, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
March 20, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm
March 27, 2014
9:00 amto5:00 pm

The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership are continuing with their series of FREE CPC-accredited workshops for fleet operators, as part of the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The next workshops are planned for:

Thursday 16th January – held at Port of Tyne offices

Thursday 6th February – held at LaFarge Tarmac premises, Birtley

Thursday 13th March – venue to be confirmed

Thursday 20th March – venue to be confirmed

Thursday 27th March – venue to be confirmed

Two workshops are held on each day with a break for lunch in between.  To register, please visit this site.

More FORS workshops planned

October 31, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm
November 14, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm
November 28, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership are continuing with their series of FREE CPC-accredited workshops for fleet operators, as part of the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The next workshops are planned for:

Thursday 31st October – held at Alex Smiles Haulage, Deptford, Sunderland

Thursday 14th November – held in the Mansion House, Newcastle

Thursday 28th November – held in the Sandhill Room, Newcastle Civic Centre

Two workshops are held on each day with a break for lunch in between.  To register, please visit this site.

More free workshops for fleet operators

September 5, 2013
9:00 amto5:00 pm

The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership are continuing with their series of FREE CPC-accredited workshops for fleet operators, as part of the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

The next workshops will be held on Thursday 5th September at AECOM’s offices in Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, beginning at 9am.  The morning workshop is the last in a series of nine and covers Monitoring and Measuring Road Fleet Performance.  In the afternoon, the cycle of workshops begins again with Going for Bronze.  Lunch will also be provided.

Further workshops are planned for 19th September, 31st October, 14th November and 28th November.

Meeting of the Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum

September 24, 2013
5:00 pmto7:00 pm

The next meeting of the Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum will be held in the Lamesley Room at Gateshead Civic Centre on Tuesday 24th September, beginning at 17.00.  A finger buffet will be available from 16.30.  Countryside view with cows

The Forum is an independent body with an interest in public rights of way and access to the countryside in our area. It meets four times a year and new members are welcome.  If you live in Tyne and Wear and have an interest in countryside or access issues, why not come along to the meeting and see if you are interested in becoming a member?

For further information, including how to join the Local Access Forum, please call 0191-2116024 or email localaccessforum@tyneandwearltp.gov.uk.

Freight Partnership Meeting

September 3, 2013
10:30 amto12:30 pm

The next meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership will be held on Tuesday 3rd September 2013, from 10:30 to 12:30 in Committee Room 1, Sunderland Civic Centre.  An interesting agenda includes a report on progress with the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, an update on the exciting new transport developments taking place in Sunderland and news of new cycling investment in Newcastle and the effects on freight transport.

European Freight Conference – Event Closed (retained for archive interest)

February 22, 2011
9:30 amto5:00 pm

The Award winning Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership, which is managed by AECOM on behalf of the Tyne and Wear Local Transport Plan Team, held a successful European Freight Conference on 22 February 2011, which was designed to provide a platform to discuss best practice and innovations in urban freight transportation.

 Held at Newcastle Civic Centre, the Conference, funded with assistance from the EU’s CIVITAS programme, was attended by transport operators, industry experts, trade associations and other stakeholders from the UK and Europe. The day commenced with a keynote speech from the Chair of the European Parliament Transport Committee, Brian Simpson MEP, and was followed by speakers from across Europe sharing their best practice experiences in freight planning. The afternoon comprised of three workshop sessions where delegates explored the challenges surrounding Access Restrictions, Consolidation Centres and Routing and Mapping.

As the conference closed delegates had the choice of attending organised site visits to either Smith Electric Vehicles or the John Lewis Newcastle Warehouse. 

John Bourn, of the Tyne and Wear Local Transport Plan Team, said: ‘The conference provided the perfect environment for transport experts to share their ideas  and to begin to develop innovative solutions to freight challenges across Europe. All in all, it was a successful and productive day.’ 

Presentations from the Conference can be downloaded at the Partnership’s website http://www.tyneandwearfreight.info/