Another successful meeting for Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership Read More

The latest quarterly meeting of the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership, held at North Tyneside Council’s offices on 6th March, attracted 21 attendees, including fleet operators, elected politicians, local authority transport planners and academics from two leading universities.  A packed agenda included a presentation about the current trial of longer lorry trailers and discussion of the EU Smartfusion project, in which the University of Newcastle and Newcastle City Council are taking part.

Meeting of Freight Partnership

The meeting heard progress updates on Tyne and Wear’s Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme and Multi-Modal Carbon Calculator, as well as the work of the Rail Partner Group – all measures that  have been developed with the support of the C-LIEGE project, an Intelligent Energy Europe programme aimed at promoting energy efficient Urban Freight Transport.

John Bourn, the Chair of the Partnership, stated: “This was another very successful meeting.  Interest in the work of the Partnership is increasing and, as we prepare to enter a new year of activities, it is clearly going from strength to strength.”

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Newcastle pressing ahead with European freight project Read More

Newcastle City Council is stepping up its participation in the C-LIEGE project, an exciting trans-European project that aims to showcase good practice and provide a helping hand for all European cities striving to deliver cleaner and more sustainable urban freight transport.

C-LIEGE stands for  Clean Last mile transport and logistics management for smart and Efficient local Governments in Europe and is a 30-month project, starting in June 2011 and ending in December 2013.  Following a detailed assessment of good practices from a range of European cities,  the project aims to set out an integrated framework for energy efficient Urban Freight Transport (UFT) management and planning.

An innovative set of integrated solutions and “push-and-pull” demand-oriented measures will be tested and shared as part of pilot experiments at seven sites across Europe, including Newcastle.  The other locations are Montana (Bulgaria), Szcezecin (Poland), Leicester (United Kingdom), Stuttgart (Germany), Hal-Tarxien (Malta) and the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Speakers at mid-term workshop

The above photograph, taken at the Mid-Term Stakeholder Workshop held at the Sage Gateshead, shows (Left to Right) : Paul Farrugia, Mayor of Tarxien, Malta, Zlatko Zhivkov, Mayor of Municipality Montana, Paola Cossu, FIT Consulting, Rome, Project Co-Ordinator, Councillor Nigel Todd, Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport, Newcastle City Council, and Olaf Dienelt, Administration of Ludwigsburg.

Newcastle are working in conjunction with the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership to deliver three pilot projects that are being implemented across Tyne and Wear: a Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme to raise environmental and operating standards in the freight sector, a Rail Freight Partner Group to promote modal shift of freight to rail, and a Multi-Modal Carbon Calculator, that identifies the carbon emissions associated with any freight journey in the UK (by road, rail or air).

Taken together, these measures should help the city, and our European partners, to address the environmental challenges produced by the rising volumes of freight traffic that are crucial to local economies.

Gary MacDonald, Newcastle’s C-LIEGE Project Manager, states that: “We are excited to be involved in this impressive project that brings together such a diverse and interesting range of European cities.  Although each city is unique, we all share a common desire for a cleaner environment and the wish to promote sustainable freight movement.  The measures we and our fellow cities are delivering will demonstrate different methods of meeting that challenge, methods that can then be emulated across Europe.”

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Growing interest in freight carbon calculator Read More

The award-winning Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership has introduced one of the UK’s first freight-based carbon calculators.

Covering the whole of the UK, the Multi-Modal Carbon Calculator (known more simply as the MMCC) will work out the carbon produced for any given freight journey by either road, rail or sea, making it an invaluable resource for companies wishing to establish the carbon impact of choosing a particular mode for freight shipments.

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The photo shows Michael Page of Aecom and John Bourn of the Tyne and Wear LTP Team with an illustration of a typical journey using the calculator

For rail or sea movements, the calculator includes full addresses and contact details for 193 terminals around the country, providing a comprehensive database that will be of considerable benefit to anyone wishing to move goods by these modes or, hoping to begin the process of establishing the environmental feasibility of switching mode.

John Bourn of the Tyne and Wear LTP Team, who manages the Partnership, commented: “The Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership already has a European-wide reputation for innovative measures to promote sustainable freight movement.  The Multi-Modal Carbon Calculator  is a powerful tool that we have developed and our aim now is to inform the wider freight community of its availability and encourage them to register for it.”   

Already nearly 100 visitors have used the calculator to find out the carbon footprint of a particular freight trip and this number is expected to rise as more freight stakeholders learn of the resource. 

The calculator is accessible via the Freight Partnership’s website at http://www.tyneandwearfreight.info/ and has been developed with the support of the C-LIEGE project, an Intelligent Energy Europe programme aimed at promoting energy efficient Urban Freight Transport.C-LIEGEIEE logo

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Fleet operator workshops are big hit Read More

A series of free workshops designed to assist North East transport operators improve the safety and efficiency of their operations are being run in Newcastle over the next few weeks and operators in the area are being encouraged to sign up.  The workshops are being run by the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership as part of the Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), a free to join scheme offering impartial advice and independent audits to operators.

The first two workshops, held on January 31st in the fine setting of the Newcastle Mansion House, were a great success, attended by public and private sector operators who, in total, run over 600 vehicles.  Our thanks go to the event sponsors, Fleet Source and Road Skills.

Feedback from those attending was extremely positive and we expect the next four workshops to be just as successful. 

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The half day workshops are designed for Transport/Fleet/Operation Managers and are all Driver CPC accredited, so operators can meet their legal obligations through attendance, provided they are registered with FORS. The next four scheduled workshops are:

Managing Driver Fitness and Impairment      14 February (09:00-13:30)
Managing Driver Assessment and Training    14 February (14:00-17:30)
Post Collision Procedure and Analysis            14 March (09:00-12:45)
Safe and Efficient Fleet Management             14 March (13:15-17:00)

Places are limited to 2 delegates from each company and are allocated on a strictly first come first served basis.  Lunch is also provided.  To reserve your place today visit http://www.tandwforsworkshops.eventbrite.co.uk/ 

Tyne and Wear’s FORS scheme is being supported by Transport for London and also forms part of the C-LIEGE scheme, an Intelligent Energy Europe project promoting clean and energy efficient freight transport in European cities.

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Tyne and Wear successful in bid for £5m Read More

COMMUTERS across Tyne and Wear are to benefit from £5m of Government money that will make their trips to and from work easier and greener, following a successful funding bid from the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (ITA).

The funding, from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, aims to remove potential barriers to employment, support economic growth and protect the environment across Tyne and Wear. The money will pay for a package of sustainable transport options targeted on employment areas near the A1 Western Bypass, the region’s most congested road, and will focus on Newcastle, Gateshead, Washington, Team Valley and the MetroCentre.

The project will be called Go Smarter to Work and will complement an existing suite of measures aimed at parents, carers and young people called Go Smarter to School which is designed to cut congestion caused by the ‘school run’.

ITA Chair Cllr David Wood said: “This is great news for the travelling public and we can’t wait to begin our programme of simple and effective measures that will improve the lives of thousands of workers and their families. By making commuting easier we help improve productivity and will grow our economy and create jobs.

“The Department for Transport recognised this bid’s strengths and saw that it will make a real impact on one of our region’s biggest problems. We are already making a difference to the ‘school run’, it’s now time to turn our attention to commuter congestion.”

Proposals include:

  • Improved infrastructure including bus priority lanes, pedestrian routes and cycle parking at metro stations
  • Funding for smart phone applications and websites that provide reliable and up to date information about bus and Metros
  • Helping job seekers to pay for public transport and supporting scooter hire projects

One company set to benefit from some of the £5m funding is teamvalleylinks.com Community Interest Company (CIC) which provides a personal travel planning service for those who travel to Team Valley.

Peter Wignall, Project Director teamvalleylinks.com CIC, said: “It’s great Tyne and Wear ITA has got this money from central Government. It will mean the CIC can increase the scale of its current work, which involves helping as many people as possible get to Team Valley easily and emphasising to companies what a great place Team Valley is to do business in. All those who work, learn, visit or shop here will feel real benefits.”

In addition to its work with commuters, employers and schools, the ITA is also currently working on a Better Bus Area Fund project to address delays to buses and to improve all aspects of the journey experience along key corridors across Tyne and Wear.

Transport minister Norman Baker said: “The scheme we are funding will improve life for people in Tyne and Wear and show that cutting carbon and boosting economic growth and opportunity can go hand in hand.”

To find out more about the Go Smarter project go to www.gosmarter.co.uk

A driving force for trucking Read More

A new membership scheme will help trucking companies improve their operations in the North East by being greener and cheaper.  

The Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is being set up to help freight operators cut their costs, reduce their environmental impact and improve safety standards by sharing best practice and progressing through a series of bronze, silver and gold awards.

It’s being formed by the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership with financial backing from Transport for London, which already runs a successful FORS scheme in the capital, as well as support from the C-LIEGE scheme, an Intelligent Energy Europe project promoting clean and energy efficient freight transport in European cities.

A launch event at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 19 June will be followed by the first free workshop for operators, in which delegates will benefit from leading industry knowledge and the opportunity to share best practice with other FORS members.

Councillor James Blackburn, Vice Chairman of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA), said: “This new scheme will give operators the chance to learn ways to improve their business and also to pick the brains of industry experts, as we work towards cheaper and greener haulage in our region.

“A similar scheme has been hugely successful in London and the benefits are all too clear; for the local authority, the economy and the environment. It’s great that we are now able to lead the way for the rest of the country and I’m certain this new scheme will be a success.”

The scheme will be managed on a day-to-day basis by the international consultancy and training provider AECOM.  AECOM freight consultant, Peter Hayes, said: “This is a scheme that’s been very successful in London and is now being rolled out in Tyne and Wear. With the local authorities behind us, we are hoping to demonstrate the value of the scheme to operators in the area and get them all onboard as part of an exciting new partnership for the region.”

If your business is interested in becoming an accredited member of FORS, you can find out more by contacting Mike Page at AECOM on 0191 224 6512.

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Local Sustainable Transport Fund Supplier Opportunities Read More

This event has now finished. Download the presentation T&W LSTF Supplier Event March 2012 (pdf, 2mb)

The Tyne and Wear Local Transport Plan Partners (Newcastle City Council, Sunderland City Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council, Gateshead Council and Nexus) have submitted a bid to the Department for Transport for £16.155 million.

This bid is to deliver a programme of sustainable transport solutions, with the intention being to support economic growth and reduce carbon emissions. The focus of the bid is to target journeys to work.

On behalf of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority (the 5 Plan Partners) Newcastle City Council is seeking to appoint a number of organisations to work with to deliver a wide range of sustainable transport initiatives across six broad areas:

  • Cycling
  • Travel planning
  • Car and scooter hire
  • Cycling based employment schemes
  • Communications and marketing
  • Monitoring and evaluating programme outcomes.

We will shortly be issuing a number of invitations to tender via our eTendering website, www.nepoportal.org.  All organisations interested in working with us to deliver this work will need to register as a supplier on this website.  Registration and use of the website is free of charge.

We will also be holding two supplier briefing events, to give further information on this project and details of the procurement processes that you will need to follow to be considered for the work.  These will be held on:

Wednesday 28th March 9.00am – 11.30am, Council Chamber, Sunderland Civic Centre.
Thursday 29th March 5.30pm – 8.00pm, Assembly Rooms, Newcastle. 

To register your attendance at one of these events please contact Yvonne Forster Yvonne.forster@newcastle.gov.uk 0191 211 6024.

Green transport funding creates jobs across Tyne and Wear Read More

Projects that will reduce the environmental impact of the school run by getting young people, parents and carers to walk, cycle and take public transport to school are creating jobs across Tyne and Wear. Cyclists photo shoot on quayside, jobs creation

Thanks to funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), a dozen cycling officers have been appointed by sustainable transport charity Sustrans to work in schools across the region, encouraging more young people to cycle to school.

And the funding has also enabled Living Streets, the national charity that stands up for pedestrians, to appoint two project officers to run projects that get more primary and secondary pupils across Tyne and Wear to walk to school by offering rewards and competition prizes.

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund, a £5m pot from the Department for Transport, is supporting 11 key component projects that will encourage children, parents and pupils to think about greener ways of getting to their lessons. Projects are just getting underway in schools across the five Tyne and Wear local authorities.

The local councils are also contributing to the LSTF pot to support projects that include a website for teachers who want to plan classes around green transport, promoting public transport to young people, and supplying starter bikes – called Balance Bikes – to nursery school-aged children.

Sustrans North East regional director Bryn Dowson said: “This funding means we can appoint cycling officers who will make a real difference to the lives of young people in schools across Tyne and Wear, making sure parents and young people have the skills and resources they need to cycle to school. Our Bike It Project is incredibly successful at helping school children get on and stay on their bikes.”

Living Streets chief executive Tony Armstrong added: “Our two officers will work on the ground, making sure more pupils get into the walking habit through our Free your Feet and Walk Once a Week projects. Walking is one of the best ways to get everyday activity into families’ lives, helping our health and also making sure we’re not contributing to unnecessary pollution and congestion.”

Large project bid to Local Sustainable Transport Fund Read More

The Tyne and Wear large project bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) sets out a series of proposals aimed at promoting economic growth while cutting carbon emissions.

The main objectives of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund are of particular importance to Tyne and Wear because:

  • The area suffers from persistently high levels of unemployment and deprivation, making economic growth a major priority.
  • Congestion on the road network in the area has been identified as a major threat to successful and sustainable economic growth; and
  • In spite of relatively low car ownership, carbon emissions from transport are above the national average as a proportion of total emissions. Forecasts indicate that additional reductions in emissions from transport are required to support the achievement of targets for carbon reduction.

The proposed package comprises the following elements:

  • Local area based packages for nine of the main areas identified as being central to future prosperity and growth. These include new infrastructure and services aimed at removing barriers to sustainable travel and also to build on successful existing area travel plan initiatives in some areas;
  • Supporting measures to enable the development of effective travel plan interventions in each of the areas. This includes support for travel plan preparation, employee based personalised travel planning, training in smarter driving techniques, advice on use of ICT to achieve smarter/home working and a range of promotional measures aimed chiefly at cycling;
  • An approved key component project aimed at boosting sustainable travel to school;
  • Improved travel information on the main travel corridors building on the Tyne and Wear UTMC system;
  • Provision of secure cycle parking at Metro stations, and complementary improvements to cycle routes;
  • Measures to remove transport barriers facing the unemployed. These include support for travel costs, low cost cycle, scooter and car loan schemes and dedicated training for disabled people to enable their independent use of public transport;
  • Development of a ‘travel office’ facility providing advice and discount ticketing to businesses;
  • Real time passenger information for all Tyne and Wear bus services;
  • A range of supporting measures, including appropriate publicity and promotion and essential project management.

The above measures will meet the LSTF objectives while complementing other action through LTP and regeneration programmes and wider land use and economic strategy. The area based approach to tackling journeys to work builds on a model which is already effective in Tyne and Wear, and has been shown to be successful in achieving growth in sustainable commuting and consequent reductions in car use.

A decision on whether or not the bid is successful is due in June 2012.

Local Access Forum arranges Public Meeting to discuss the National Planning Policy Framework Read More

The Tyne and Wear Local Access Forum has arranged a public meeting to discuss the government’s new National Planning Policy Framework.

The meeting will be held in the Saltwell Meeting Room at Gateshead Civic Centre on Thursday 1st March 2012.   Refreshments are available from 6pm, with the meeting starting at 6.30pm.

 Speakers at the meeting are Bridget Phillipson, Member of Parliament for Houghton & Sunderland South, and Liz Fisher, Assistant Director of Operations for the National Trust.

 To reserve a place, please contact the LAF Administrator, Yvonne Forster, on 0191 211 6024, or email yvonne.forster@newcastle.gov.uk .