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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

Ongoing work

Responses to the following consultations are currently being developed.  If you would like to comment please contact   

Monitoring Highways England’s network investment

A consultation by ORR

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has responsibility for monitoring Highways England’s delivery of the Road Investment Strategy – including the delivery of improvements to the network and carrying out maintenance and renewals work. ORR is consulting on how it proposes to monitor Highways England’s network investment plans and delivery of those plans.  

Further details can be found here

Disability and the Built Environment

An inquiry by The Women and Equalities Select Committee

The accessibility of our homes, buildings and public spaces is an issue not just for those of us with a permanent physical disability. With an ageing population, it is likely that more and more of us will experience reduced mobility in our lifetime. There are also other needs to consider, such as mental health. In this inquiry the Committee explore the extent to which those needs are considered and accommodated in our built environment, and ask whether more could be done to increase the accessibility and inclusivity of both new and existing properties and spaces.

Further details can be found here

ORR’s Approach to Monitoring and Reviewing Markets

ORR is consulting on our proposed publication of guidance regarding its approach to monitoring and reviewing markets.

Further details can be found here

Recently Published Policy and Guidance


Bus reform: survey of senior directors of local bus service operators

Research by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, reveals key concerns among bus service operators arising from the Department for Transport’s Buses Reform agenda, as it moves forward with the recent publication of the Bus Services Bill.

In depth interviews with senior directors at the five large operating groups, five medium-size and some smaller operators, found there is cross-industry anxiety that the reform process has curtailed service innovations and investment in the short-term; and could discourage entrepreneurial talent from entering in the industry in the future.

The research report can be found here.


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

Bus Services Bill

An inquiry by the Transport Select Committee 

The Transport Committee's inquiry seeks to understand the extent to which legislation is required, and if so, whether the current Bill addresses the correct issues and whether it will likely achieve improved passenger services, greater passenger numbers and a robust bus sector.

In its evidence CILT highlights the crucial role buses play in our economy and explores:

  • Whether the Bill addresses the correct issues
  • How Advanced Quality Partnerships and Enhanced Partnerships are likely to contribute to the Government's aims of improving services for passengers and enabling a successful commercial sector
  • The appropriateness of limiting the automatic right to introduce franchising to combined authorities with elected mayors
  • The likely effect of franchising on small and medium operators
  • The effectiveness of measures relating to open data and how these could improve the accessibility of bus transport
  • The basis for a prohibition on new municipal bus companies delivering bus services, particularly in non-franchised areas
  • Measures in the Bill relating to ticketing schemes and new technologies

Read CILT's full response here

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. 

Read full response here



Lower Thames Crossing Consultation

A Highways England consultation

Highways England is consulting on proposals for a new road crossing of the River Thames connecting Kent and Essex.  In its response CILT’s South East Region welcomed the proposals but highlighted the need for the scheme to fit into a wider joined up multimodal approach to improve mobility.

Read the full response here




Periodic review 2018 (PR18) initial consultation

An ORR consultation 

In its consultation ORR sought to:

  • generate a discussion on how PR18 can support better outcomes for passengers, freight customers and taxpayers;
  • seek views on our proposed priorities and objectives and the broad scope of the review;
  • enable stakeholders to comment on our proposed high-level approach to PR18 and contribute views and ideas on the potential policy framework that could support this; and
  • explain the proposed process for PR18, including how we would engage with stakeholders, to enable them to plan their involvement.

Read CILT’s response here


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



Consultation Response Archive


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
Improving Connectivity - View report  
Network Rail East Midlands Route Study - View report  
Network Rail Wales Route Study - View report            
Monitoring Highways England - View report  
Supporting English regional airports from the impacts of air passenger duty devolution - View report
Management of Congested Infrastructure - View report
Competition in Passenger Rail Services in Great Britain - View report  


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


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


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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