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RHA calls for dedicated freight commissioner and better infrastructure in London

RHA has launched a manifesto titled “Supplying London – The Road Freight and Coach Industry Manifesto for London." The document outlines their key priorities for the upcoming London mayoral election on May 2nd.

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The Road Haulage Association (RHA) is calling for increased support for haulage and coach companies operating in the capital. Their proposals focus on improved communication and collaboration with city authorities.

One key demand is the appointment of a freight commissioner who could coordinate logistics policy across various government bodies in London, including Transport for London (TfL) and London Councils. The RHA also proposes the establishment of a London Freight Council, bringing together industry representatives and officials to ensure the freight industry’s needs are considered in policymaking.

On regulation and access, the RHA urges the next Mayor and TfL to involve the industry when developing regulations affecting freight transport. They also seek a commitment to maintaining key freight routes and explore allowing HGVs to use bus lanes during specific times to alleviate congestion. 

Additionally, the manifesto emphasises the need for sufficient loading bays and kerbside access for HGVs in new developments and infrastructure projects.

The RHA further advocates for a dedicated London Coach Strategy. This strategy would focus on improving coordination between TfL and London boroughs regarding infrastructure needs for coaches. It would also address measures to discourage unnecessary idling and circulation of coaches within the city.

Finally, the manifesto highlights the skills gap within the haulage and coach industries. The RHA urges the next Mayor to leverage existing programs like the London Local Skills Improvement Plan and the Adult Education Budget to ensure a readily available workforce for these sectors.

“We are committed to working with the next Mayor of London to ensure more efficient freight and coach journeys. Our members based in the capital stand ready to work with the next Mayor to take forward the priorities within this manifesto and ensure London’s commercial vehicle sector has the support it needs,” said RHA Managing Director Richard Smith.