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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

Improving air quality inquiry

A joint Select Committee Inquiry

MP's from four select committees have combined forces to relaunch an unprecedented joint inquiry on air quality to scrutinise cross-government plans to tackle pollution hotspots.

Questions posed are:

  • How effectively do Government policies take into account the health and environmental impacts of poor air quality?
  • Do these plans set out effective and proportionate measures to achieve necessary emissions reductions as quickly as possible?
  • Are other nations or cities taking more effective action that the UK can learn from?
  • Is there enough cross-government collaboration to set in place the right fiscal and policy incentives?
  • How can those charged with delivering national plans at local level be best supported and challenged?

The deadline for a response is November 7th.  If you would like to contribute to CILT’s submission please contact  


Recently Published Policy and Guidance


Response by CILT to the Draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) welcomes the publication of the Draft Mayor’s Transport Strategy and its ambitious approach. However our careful study of its detail has led to some areas of concern.  

A summary report can be found here.

The complete response can be found here


Understanding and meeting the needs of travellers with hidden disabilities

This Guidance Note has been produced by CILT’s Accessibility & Inclusion Forum following a seminar organised by the Forum in early 2017. The purpose of this Guidance Note is to raise awareness among transport providers, local authorities, planners and designers of the needs of the very large number of people whose disabilities are hidden and so not visible to those around them.

To download click here.



(Re)Inventing the Wheel

(Re)Inventing the Wheel examines a range of issues relating to transport over the next 20-25 years and looks at potential new technologies ranging from autonomous electric cars to real time journey management.

To download click here.


Freight, logistics and Supply Chain Priorities for EU Exit Negotiations: Recommendations to Government 

Freight, logistics and Supply Chain Priorities for EU Exit Negotiations: Recommendations to Government details the output of a high level roundtable meeting which explored the implications of Brexit on the freight sector. The report highlights key impacts as well as opportunities and explores how best to mitigate potential risk.  The tone of the report is positive and we make nine overarching recommendations centring on ‘ensuring the UK will be easy to do business with’.  

The December report can be found here.

The May report can be found here.

Recent Consultation Responses


A new aviation strategy for the UK: call for evidence
A response by CILT’s Aviation Policy Group to the DfT call for evidence 

The call for evidence is the first stage of developing a new aviation strategy for the UK.  In our response, CILT notes that: 

  • The objectives are laudable but fail to recognise the potential seismic change within the aviation market which Brexit could bring about. There should therefore be an objective relating to the need to ensure that the impact of Brexit is positive by ensuring that Air Services Agreements, safety, environmental, customer and all similar arrangements which are currently within the purview of the EU are at least as good after Brexit.
  • It is right that Government should enable the market to work, but the principle should be that interference should only take place when the market fails. A monopoly on a route or at an airport is not necessarily a failure. Light touch regulation should therefore be the first principle.
  • In principle, the use of existing spare runway capacity should be supported, within the overall UK carbon cap and subject to local environmental imperatives. It must be recognised that airlines will not operate flights just because runway capacity is available and Government policy should not include subsidy unless there are particular economic or social justifications. There are two particular issues where Government can assist, Air Passenger Duty and surface access.

Read the full response here


Consultation on the overall framework for regulating Network Rail
A response by CILT’s Strategic Rail Policy Group to the Office for Rail and Road consultation 

The ORR consulted on how it proposes to regulate Network Rail in CP6. 

Read the full response here

Liverpool John Lennon Airport Master Plan to 2050

A response by the CILT North West Policy Group and the Aviation Policy Group

Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is in the process of updating its Master Plan, setting out its plans for future development and growth until 2050. In our response we question the sustainability of the proposed surface access strategy and conclude,“Having in mind that the Plan extends its vision over a 30-year period, we consider some more radical thinking is required in terms of greatly improved and more ambitious public transport facilities”

Read the full response here


Reforming policy on the design and use of UK airspace
A response by the CILT to the DfT Consultation

The DfT sought views on an update to UK airspace policy to meet the needs of passengers, communities, the aviation sector and the wider economy. 

Read the full response here 


Heathrow expansion: draft Airports National Policy Statement
A submission by CILT to the DfT consultation

The consultation sought views on the planning policy framework which the applicant for a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport would have to comply with. 

Read the full response here 


Future of South Eastern rail services
A submission by The South East Region of CILT to the DfT Consultation

The consultation sought views on the future of the South Eastern rail franchise to ensure the new franchise delivers the best railway for passengers, communities and businesses. In our response we support the aims of the Secretary of State but note that the specification for the franchise should cover broad customer and taxpayer outcomes rather than detailed inputs, other than in necessary areas, so as to allow bidders as much freedom as possible to provide innovative and value for money solutions.

Read the full response here


 Improving air quality: national plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities

 A submission by CILT to the Defra/DfT consultation on the draft air quality plan

 In our response we state:

  • The published draft Air Quality Plan shows a timidity by central government in ‘owning’ the overall air quality issue.   
  • The Draft Air Quality Plan treats the introduction of ‘charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs)’ as the last resort when all other non-charging measures can be shown not to be effective.  This is unhelpful and disingenuous, given that the government’s own comprehensive Technical Report clearly states that non-charging methods will not achieve compliance.
  • Government needs to investigate and be prepared to consider – as an alternative to charging CAZs - exclusion-only non-charging CAZs: 
  • The overall strategy should recognise that buses in particular are an essential part of the solution.  
  • We are suggesting government should establish a CAZ Advisory Panel
  • We recommend serious consideration be given, as part of the planning and development consent process for the third runway, to the idea of Heathrow Airport being designated an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

 Read the full response here


Heathrow expansion: draft Airports National Policy Statement

A submission by CILT to the DfT consultation

The consultation sought views on the planning policy framework which the applicant for a north-west runway at Heathrow Airport would have to comply with.   In our response we address the need for additional capacity; the Heathrow Northwest Runway option; assessment principles and methods to mitigate the impact of development.

Read the full response here


 Reforming policy on the design and use of UK airspace

 A submission by CILT to the DfT consultation

The consultation sought views on an update to UK airspace policy to meet the needs of passengers, communities, the aviation sector and the wider economy.

Read the full response here


Bus Services

A response by CILT to The London Assembly Transport Committee Investigation

The London Assembly's Transport Committee has launched two investigations into major issues facing the bus system:

  • How Transport for London plans the bus network
  • The safety of bus passengers and other road users

Our submissions, developed jointly by the London and SE Region and the Bus and Coach Forum can be found here.


Unlocking the UK's High Tech Economy: Consultation on the Safe Use of drones in the UK

A response by the Aviation Policy Group to the DfT consultation

The DfT sought views on how to encourage innovation and growth in the UK drone sector while ensuring safety and operation within the law.

Read the full response here

Bus Services Bill

A submission by CILT to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee on the Bus Services Bill.

The Public Bill Committee issued a call for evidence to inform its examination of the Bus Services Bill as it passed through Parliament. In our response CILT explores the objectives of the Bill and presents opportunities for improvement.

Read the full response here

Proposed Direct Vision Standard for Heavy Goods Vehicles

A response led by CILT's Construction Supply Chain Forum to the Transport for London consultation

In our response while welcoming proposals to improve the safety of vulnerable road users we caution that timescales should account for natural renewal cycles of HGVs; that proposals should be published as soon as possible to allow new standards to be fed into planning and that 'direct visibility' may not always be he best solution. We are also concerned by cities setting their own vehicle standards in isolation. Decisions on design specifications (and any other 'standards') should be taken at the relevant national or international level.

Read the full response here


Fixing our Broken Housing Market

A response by CILT to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on the Housing White Paper - "Fixing our Broken Housing Market"

Our overall assessment of the Housing White Paper welcomes the support given to transport connectivity for housing developments and recognises that it seeks to minimise the potential road and public transport congestion on existing networks. With transport objectives properly integrated with wider planning policies we believe that the new homes developed in the future will have good access to employment, education, health and social services, retail and leisure.

Read the full response here


National Infrastructure Assessment Call for Evidence

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

The NIC sought views on the development of a National Infrastructure Assessment of the UK's long-term needs over a 30-year time horizon.  In our response CILT explores several key themes related to generating options for potential infrastructure schemes; the principles for appraising infrastructure options and the importance of integrated longer term planning.  We continue by answering a number of detailed questions posed by the NIC. 

Read the full response here

Urban Congestion

A response by CILT to the Transport Select Committee inquiry

The inquiry’s aim is to identify cost-effective and safe strategies for managing limited road space in towns and cities, minimising disruption to local communities and businesses, and keeping urban traffic flowing. In our response CILT stresses the need for both a ‘carrot and stick approach’, discusses parking controls, road pricing, bus lanes, advanced technologies and the role of goods and service vehicles. 

Read the full response here


Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plans

A response by the Rail Freight Forum to the ORR consultation

The ORR sought views on its draft guidance to Network Rail on its SBPs for CP6. The guidance includes ORR’s expectations for how Network Rail’s route businesses should engage with customers and other stakeholders.

Read the full response here

System operation in control period 6 (CP6)

A response by the Rail Freight Forum to the ORR consultation

As well as setting out some decisions ORR have made on elements of the regulatory framework for the Network Rail national system operator, this consultation sought views on further aspects of the NSO settlement. 

Read the full response here

Consultation Response Archive


 Buses Reform Stakeholder Engagement - View report  
 Surface transport to airports - View report  
 Road haulage sector: Skills and workforce planning inquiry - View report  
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


Freight Network Study  - View report  

Disability and the Built Environment - View Report
Monitoring Highways England’s network investment - View Report                
West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study - View Report              
 Bus Services Bill - View Report                
 Improving rail passenger experience - View Report                
 Lower Thames Crossing Consultation - View Report                  
 Periodic review 2018 (PR18) initial consultation - View Report                
 Passenger Access to Airports - View Report              
 Network Rail's investment programme: The Hendy report consultation - View Report                
 A new approach to rail passenger services in London and the South East - View Report                
 National Infrastructure Commission: Governance - View Report                
 Rail Regulation: call for evidence - View Report                
National Infrastructure Commission call for evidence 
View - NIC: Northern Connectivity
View - NIC: London Transport Infrastructure
 Consultation towards Scotland’s Rail Freight Strategy - 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  
The Future of Aviation - View report  

A Vision for Transport Planning - View report  

A Vision for Cymru Wales - View report  
CILT Driver Shortage Crisis 2015  - View report  

Bus reform: survey of senior directors of local bus service operators  - View report  

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