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The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is dedicated to shaping change in all aspects of logistics, supply chain and transport. CILT plays a vital role in the development of policy and guidance, producing regular submissions to the UK Government, European Commission and other bodies as well as publishing reports and consultation responses which review and respond to recent policy proposals. 

The Institute has no political affiliations and does not support any particular vested interests. Our principal concerns are that transport and logistics policies and procedures should be effective and efficient; based on objective analysis of the issues and practical experience and that good practice should be widely disseminated and adopted. To meet these aims, a great deal of work is undertaken by our network of Forums and policy working groups and channelled through the Public Policies Committee.

CILT public policy is solely lead and developed by our members. Member input into policy reports and consultation responses ensures that CILT reflects the current concerns of the supply chain, logistics and transport professions. 

If you would like to contribute to the ongoing work of our policy community please contact CILT Head of Policy daniel.parker-klein@ciltuk.org.uk

Ongoing work

Responses to the following consultations are currently being developed.  If you would like to comment please contact daniel.parker-klein@ciltuk.org.uk   

Improving rail passenger experience

An inquiry by the Transport Select Committee

The Transport Committee's inquiry looks to identify recommendations to improve the main aspects of a rail journey from the perspective of the passenger: from planning a journey, arriving at a station, making the journey, and any necessary post-journey information.

Further details can be found here

Recently Published Policy and Guidance

 

CILT Driver Shortage Crisis 2015

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport carried out an opinion survey inviting all of its members to take part. The purpose of the survey was to gauge members opinions about the current driver shortage crisis. The Institute’s aim is to establish a series of recommendations to fleet operators, industry and government.

Click here to view surveys results

     
 

A Vision for Cymru Wales

A Vision for Cymru Wales - Vision 2035: Cymru Wales looks to the future and visualises how transport and logistics in Wales would develop, taking account of population changes, technological developments and social and political change.

Download - click here

     

 

A Vision for Transport Planning

The latest report in the Vision 2035 series, A Vision for Transport Planning, has been produced and published by the CILT and the Transport Planning Society. The report sets out the key role transport planning can play in meeting the pressing challenges the nation will face over the next 20 years.

The report was prepared drawing primarily on a set of four workshops. To view the reports of each of the four workshops click here

Read full report here 

     

 

The Future of Aviation

The Future of Aviation is the new report in the Institute's Vision 2035 series. The Future of Aviation report outlines long-term strategic prospects for the growth of air transport. The key point is that the economic, environmental, and social benefits of aviation are only likely to be optimised if the UK prospers for at least to the same level as the rest of the world.

Read full report here

     

Recent Consultation Responses

 

Passenger Access to Airports

A response by CILT to the Civil Aviation Authority consultation

Surface access to UK airports can account for a sizeable proportion of the cost of any air journey and forms a significant part of the aviation value chain. The CAA is reviewing this element of airport operations in order to better understand how effectively it is operating and serving the interests of consumers.   In its response CILT concludes “The CAA is … urged to consider very carefully any proposal which enables greater access to the least sustainable modes. Much of the good work achieved by airports, transport operators and other stakeholders could be easily undone by a misplaced ambition to provide more choice for passengers.”

Read the full response here

     

 

Network Rail's investment programme: the Hendy report consultation

A response by the CILT to the DfT consultation on Sir Peter Hendy’s re-plan report

The Department for Transport sought views on Sir Peter Hendy’s re-plan report about putting the rail upgrade programme on a more realistic and sustainable footing. CILT’s response has been prepared jointly by the Institute’s Rail Freight Forum, its North East Policy Committee and its Accessibility and Inclusion Forum.   

Read the full response here

     

 

A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East

A response by CILT to the DfT proposals for reorganising the management of rail services in and around London

In its response CILT supports the principles and objectives of the proposals however cautions that it is essential that any proposals balance the needs of both London commuters, freight and those travelling  beyond London.

Read the full response here

     

 

National Infrastructure Commission: Governance

A response by CILT to the HM Treasury consultation on the governance of the National Infrastructure Commission

The consultation sought views on the proposed governance, structure and operation of the National Infrastructure Commission.  In its response CILT warmly welcomes the setting up of the National Infrastructure Commission with a view to providing expert and politically neutral advice on the infrastructure needs of the country. We are generally content with the arrangements set out in the Government’s consultation document but have a number of comments, particularly on the Commission’s remit.

Read the full response here

     
 

Rail Regulation: call for evidence

A response by CILT to the Department for Transport’s call for evidence

The DfT consultation invited evidence and views on the effectiveness of the current regulatory regime for the railways and on possible modifications that would be compliant with EU law.  In its response CILT proposes three key tests for any revision to the regulatory framework: 

Proportionality. Does the complexity of the regulatory regime actually drive the behaviours that we would want the transport industry to exhibit, and is the divide between regulation and franchising an area that causes long-term inconsistencies?  Is the boundary between government and independent regulation clear and well-defined and does it work for the wider good?
Devolution. Does the regulatory framework support local self-determination, subsidiarity and defined outcomes, while protecting the interests of national and international operators and their customers?
Capability. Is the regulatory body able to deliver its mandate efficiently and effectively?  Can it assess whether outputs are being delivered and intervene to protect the interests of passengers, freight customers and taxpayers?

Read the full response here
     

 

National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence

A response by CILT to the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for Evidence  

The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is a new, independent body which will look broadly at long-term infrastructure needs and provide impartial advice to ministers and Parliament. The NIC issued a call for evidence for ways to improve connections between northern cities and another related to London’s Transport Infrastructure.  In its response CILT highlighted the important role transport infrastructure plays in driving the UK’s economy but cautioned against narrowly focussing on London infrastructure  needs to the detriment of the wider south east and the rest of the country. 

Read the full response here – 
NIC: Northern Connectivity
NIC: London Transport Infrastructure
     

 

Consultation towards Scotland’s Rail Freight Strategy

A response by CILT to Transport Scotland’s consultation towards a rail freight strategy 

Transport Scotland is consulting on a range of issues targeting the development of a high level strategy on rail freight in Scotland.   In its response the CILT found that because of distance, both within and to/from the country, Scotland is uniquely placed within the UK to make more and better use of rail freight to improve the economy and the environment and to support sustainable development. CILT considers that the approach and objectives outlined in the document show that Scotland is starting to address the opportunities rail freight can offer in a constructive and progressive fashion.

Read the full response here
     

 

Buses Reform Stakeholder Engagement

A response by CILT to the Department for Transport engagement on bus reform

CILT’s response seeks to bring to the DfT’s attention matters that we think merit careful consideration in the formulation of the Buses Bill, rather than to advise on matters that will properly be debated when the Bill comes before Parliament. However, we have been clear in advising on certain measures where we think they would not be controversial in terms of policy goals, for example in relation to the bus service registration process.

Read the full response here
     

 

Surface transport to airports

A response by the CILT Aviation Policy Group to the Transport Select Committee inquiry

The Transport Committee is undertaking an inquiry into surface transport at airports. In its response CILT noted:
  • Most air passengers and airport staff use road based modes, and most air freight is transported to and from the airport by road
  • The larger the airport, the more significant is public transport, in particular rail
  • All of the UK's larger airports have adequate surface transport, or plans to improve it to accommodate growth
  • There are only a few examples where the inability to provide good connections to the strategic road and railway networks could potential inhibit the use of spare capacity. However, these examples tend to be at the smaller airports, which access to local transport networks is probably more important
  • There have been examples in the past where conflicting objectives have resulted in degraded surface transport to airports, although these are being resolved
  • The Government's role in providing guidelines for Airport Transport Forums and Airport Surface Access Strategies has been particularly worthwhile.

Read the full response here

     

 

Road haulage sector: Skills and workforce planning inquiry

A response by CILT to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into driver shortages in the road haulage sector 

The Committee's objective is to investigate what action Government has taken to address industry concerns about a lack of skilled drivers in the road haulage sector, and assess how effective the Government's response has been. CILT’s response notes that the current shortage stems from a complex sector wide series of issues and calls on Government and the industry to strive to improve driver welfare and public perception of the sector, increase workforce diversity and the funding of training. 

Read the full response here
     

 

Competition in Passenger Rail Services in Great Britain

A response by CILT to the Competition and Market Authority discussion document

This submission addresses the two key points noted in the invitation to respond - the willingness of Open Access Operators (OAOs) to pay higher infrastructure costs and the operational impact of the options proposed.   The response seeks to address these points in relation to the CMA's stated goals of a downward pressure on fares, enhancing service quality and unlocking upstream efficiencies.

Read the full response here

     

 

Management of Congested Infrastructure

A response by the CILT to the Network Rail consultation on a draft code of practice to manage congested infrastructure

CILT’s response notes that the rail industry is widely perceived as having complex and confusing processes and it is desirable that these should be simplified and integrated wherever possible.  The Code of Practice (CoP) will create links directly with Part D of the Network Code.  It will also link more explicitly with the extensive long term planning processes that are intended to identify strategic capacity demands.  Besides being more straightforward, the CoP should also help to avoid any duplication of effort.

Read the full response here

     

 

Supporting English regional airports from the impacts of air passenger duty devolution

A response by the CILT to the HM Treasury discussion paper on options for supporting English regional airports from the impacts of air passenger duty devolution

The government is undertaking a review in response to concerns expressed by regional airports in England about the potential impacts of air passenger duty (APD) devolution to Scotland and Wales on their business.  It its response CILT notes that all of the options have challenges and disadvantages and this confirms the view that APD is a tax which distorts the market, does not achieve any environmental objectives and is counter-productive in deterring taxable activity, and should therefore be abolished. 

Read the full response here

     

 

Monitoring Highways England

A response by CILT to the ORR’s first consultation in its new role as highways monitor.

The Highways Monitor has been established to monitor the performance and efficiency of Highways England (previously the Highways Agency) in its management and enhancement of the strategic road network – the motorways and main 'A' roads in England. The document responds to ORR’s call for views on its new role.

Read the full response here
     
   

Network Rail Wales Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail Wales Route Study consultation.

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. Drafted by the Institute’s Cymru Wales Policy Group and Rail Freight Forum the response concludes that “The Wales Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the country. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. We believe that Network Rail should focus on a establishing a clear strategy for the South Wales Main Line, in terms of routing and infrastructure enhancements, to achieve the necessary capacity for both passenger and freight services. In particular, careful analysis of track layout options will be necessary to ensure that capacity-consuming conflicting moves are eliminated wherever possible. Elsewhere, particularly in North Wales, we would encourage Network Rail to protect, and make (at least passive) provision for, infrastructure to enable potential new freight opportunities to be realised in the decades to come.”

Read full response here
     
 

Network Rail East Midlands Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail East Midlands Route Study consultation.

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. Drafted by the Institute’s Rail Freight Forum the response concludes that “The East Midlands Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the region. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. We believe that Network Rail strategy should focus on the early four tracking of Syston to Wigston, including grade separation at the latter junction, to cater for the substantial growth likely to be seen from Felixstowe and the Leicestershire quarries, plus remodelling at Bedford to provide an effective connection from the East-West route onto the MML, free from conflict with terminating Thameslink services..”

Read full response here 

     
 

Improving Connectivity

A response by CILT to the Network Rail ‘Improving Connectivity’ consultation.

‘Improving Connectivity’ is a long-term proposal to deliver improved rail connectivity across Britain. Achieving this requires a different approach to planning both the network capability and the train services which operate on it. In its response the Institute concludes that ‘It is refreshing to see such novel proposals put forward formally … As a proposal it stands as an area for development, but only a thorough trial is going to evaluate this as a proposition.’

Read full response here 

     
 

Network Rail Wessex Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail Wessex Route Study consultation.

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. Drafted by the Institute’s Rail Freight Forum the response concludes that “The Wessex Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the region. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. We believe that Network Rail strategy should focus on the early grade separation of Basingstoke and creation of dynamic loops at Wallers Ash as the optimum long term solutions to cater for the substantial growth likely to be seen from Southampton in the years to come.”

Read full response here 

     

 

Network Rail Anglia Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail Anglia Route Study consultation.

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. Drafted by the Institute’s Rail Freight Forum the response concludes that “the Anglia Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the region. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. We believe that the Network Rail strategy should focus on identifying and implementing the optimum long term solutions for 2043, and beyond, to cater for the substantial growth likely to be seen from Felixstowe and other locations in the years to come.”

Read full response here 

     

 

Airports Commission Consultation on Shortlisted Options for a New Runway

A response by CILT to the Airports Commission’s consultation on shortlisted options for a new runway.

The consultation presents the commission’s analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year: 2 for expansion at Heathrow Airport and 1 proposal at Gatwick Airport. CILT concludes that Heathrow is the best transport option, but the impacts must be capped. There is a clear need for additional runway capacity in South East England, and it can be provided within the limits, targets and legislation set to control the environmental impacts. The Airports Commission must therefore make a strong recommendation to Government that it should support the provision of additional runway capacity. 

Read the full response here 

     

 

Network Rail South East Route – Sussex Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail Sussex Route Study consultation. 

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. CILT’s response concludes that ‘the Sussex Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the region. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. The Study believes CO20 for Freight can be met without requiring interventions, but - by its own findings - this is not proven and, further, it may well be underestimating the freight growth that is in prospect, particularly with regard to aggregates.’

Read full response here

     

 

Network Rail Western Route Study

A response by CILT to the Network Rail Western Route Study consultation.

The Route Study sets out the strategic vision for the next 30 years of this vital part of the rail network. CILT’s response concludes that ‘The Western Route Study is a valuable piece of work and highlights the many opportunities and challenges facing the railway network in the region. It proposes a range of interventions to address the issues that emerge from rapidly increasing demand for passenger and freight transport. These interventions do, however, need to be delivered earlier than the Study envisages to ensure that freight and in particular, intermodal and aggregates traffic, is not constrained by lack of infrastructure capacity.’

Read full response here

 

 

Consultation Response Archive

2015

Network Rail Wessex Route Study - View report  
Network Rail Anglia Route Study - View report  
Airports Commission Consultation on Shortlisted Options for a New Runway - View report                        
Network Rail South East Route – Sussex Route Study - View report  
Network Rail Western Route Study - View report  

2014

Cycle Delivery Plan - View report  
Transport for London Consultation on North-South and East-West Cycle Super Highways - View report  
London Infrastructure Plan 2050 - View report  
Smaller Airports - View report  
TransPennine Express Rail Franchise: Northern Rail Franchise - View report  
Investment in the Railway - View report  
Implementation of the Competition Commission remedies on bus registration - View report  
National road and rail networks: draft national policy statement - View report  
Local authority parking strategies - View report  
Liverpool Mayoral review of bus lanes - View report
 
Airport commission consultation: Appraisal Framework - View report
 

2013

Land Transport Security - View report
Brown Review - View report
EU Transport Issues - View report
Review of Planning Practice Guidance - Consultation (Taylor Review) - View report
Revised Statutory Guidance on local bus services - View report
Discussion paper 1 - Aviation Demand Forecasting - View report
Night Flights Consultation - View report
Proposals for making best use of existing capacity in medium and short term - View report
Transforming the HA into a government-owned company - View report
Market Study: Long Distance - View report
Market Study: London and SE - View report
Market Study: Regional Urban - View report
Market Study: Freight - View report
EU Balance of Competences Review on Transport  - View report
Airport Operational Models - View report
Passenger Transport in Isolated Communities - View report
Long Term Options - Reponse to proposals - View report
Strategic Road Network - View report

2012

A greater role for ORR regulating passenger franchisees in England & Wales - View report
Competition in the Local Bus Market - View report
Charging HGV's - View report







Devolving local major transport schemes - View report








Cross Border Road and Rail Connectivity - View report








Reform of the Railways - View report






Rail decentralisation: devolving decision-making on passenger rail services in England - View report








Low Carbon Vehicles - View report







Planning Act 2008: Consultation on proposed changes to the suite of guidance documents for the major infrastructure planning regime - View report







Maintaining the Competiveness of UK Global Aviation - View report







Walking and cycling: local measures to promote walking and cycling as forms of travel or recreation: Consultation on the draft guidance and evidence reviews - View report







Consultation on Active Travel (Wales) Bill - View report







Issues and concerns around safe, affordable and accessible transport for young people and make recommendations to decision makers to address them.' - View report







Abolition of DPTAC - View report







Road Freight - View report







Draft Aviation Policy Framework - View report







Marine Pilotage - View report







Consultation on the combined Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise - View report







Transport and the Accessibility of Public Services - View report







Aviation Strategy - View report







Consultation on bus subsidy reform - View report







Land Transport Security - View report





Get Britain Cycling - View report





Effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people - View report




Policy and Guidance Archive

Vision 2035: UK Freight report - View report  
The impacts of concessionary travel passes for older and disabled people – a review of the evidence
Professor Roger Mackett FCILT - View report
 
Transport and the Economy - View report                        
The Case for HS2 - View report  
Empowering staff: enabling passengers - View report  
Maintaining Momentum: Summer 2012 Logistics Legacy Report - View report                        
Eddington - 6 years on - View report  
Transport Use of Carbon - View report  
The Strategic Road Network - Key issues in developing a long-term strategy - View report                        
Vision 2035 - View report  
Think Cycling! - View report  
An Inconvenient Truck - View report  

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