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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  


Recently Published Policy and Guidance


(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.

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.

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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


 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: Bus Services - Network Design. Bus Services - Safety.


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

Freight Network Study

A response by the Rail Freight Forum to the Network Rail consultation

The Freight Network Study considers the future development of rail freight in Great Britain, and outlines what the industry considers to be the future priorities for enhancing the network. In our response to the draft we welcome the Study's recognition that freight will continue to grow and that growth will be particularly strong at the main deep sea ports of Felixstowe, Southampton and London Gateway. We go onto to address the proposal in detail and recommend key enhancements that should be make to the network.

Read the full response here


Disability and the Built Environment

A response by the Accessibility and Inclusion Forum to the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry 

In our response we address:

  • Effectiveness of legislation, policies and standards on accessibility and the built environment
  • Design and management of the public realm
  • The role of designers, architects and built environment specialists in ensuring accessibility and inclusivity
  • Local involvement in decision-making
  • Inclusive processes for involving disabled people in designing the built environment
Read the full response here


Monitoring Highways England’s network investment

A response by the Roads and Traffic Policy Group to the ORR consultation

In our response we recognise the importance of the safety and environmental roles of Highways England, however focus on its duty to encourage economic growth, improve user satisfaction and support the smooth flow of traffic.

 Read the full response here


West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study 

A response by CILT’s Rail Freight Forum to the ORR consultation

The area covered by the West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study includes two key hubs, central Birmingham and London Marylebone. The study includes the commuter networks, long distance passenger services and freight services.  In its response the Rail Freight Forum welcomes the Study's recognition of importance of freight and its changing nature with the decline of coal. We point out however, that it should be recognised at the outset that it is not only intermodal that is increasing but also aggregates and building materials, such as cement. This is particularly important for this Study since the West Midlands no longer produces significant tonnages of aggregate and is increasingly dependent on other areas, notably the East Midlands, which will result in additional trains.

Read the full response here


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

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

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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