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/