Sustainable Distribution

Established in 2005, the Tyne and Wear Freight Partnership has gained a nationwide and, increasingly, European-wide reputation for good practice, bringing together a number of organisations in order to encourage sustainable distribution within Tyne and Wear. These include:

  • The five local authorities in Tyne and Wear;
  • Northumberland and Durham County Councils;
  • The Highways Agency;
  • The North East Transport Activists Round Table (NECTAR);
  • The Freight Transport Association;
  • The Road Haulage Association;
  • The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (ILT)
  • University of Newcastle;
  • Northumbria University;
  • Port of Tyne Distribution/Logistics
  • Tyne and Wear ITA; and
  • Various independent freight operators.

Port of Tyne

  Photo by Stephen Brown

The Partnership holds quarterly meetings and publishes an annual newsletter, as well as a twice-yearly e-bulletin that is sent to over 100 interested parties. This provides an opportunity for feedback, and a way to disseminate the actions of the Partnership to a wider audience.

Just some of the current outputs of the Partnership have been:

  • Bespoke routing and advisory maps;
  • An online Carbon Calculator outlining the carbon emissions associated with carrying goods on a particular journey by either road, rail or sea;
  • A Rail Partner group, meeting twice a year, studying the potential for modal shift of freight from road to rail; and
  • The Tyne and Wear Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), which was established in 2012 and already covers over 2,000 freight vehicles.

The Partnership’s achievement in delivering tangible outputs was recognised during 2008 by the winning of two national awards:

  • FTA Freight Quality Partnership of the Year Award
  • CILT’s Award for Excellence in Transport Policy and Planning

For full details of the Partnership’s activities, please visit the website at