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Road Haulage Update

The Department for Transport[1] is today updating the house on our work to improve on the current Operation Stack[2] arrangements and ensure that traffic can keep flowing on the M20[3] even in the event of serious disruption to cross-Channel transport. At the same time, we are announcing a package of measures to tackle the blight of fly-parking across the south-east and other parts of the country, including plans to increase overnight lorry parking capacity which could potentially add an additional 1,500 spaces. Further to the Secretary of State[4]‘s statement of 15 November 2017[5], Highways England[6] will soon be starting the consultation process on a permanent solution for holding lorries in the event of cross-Channel disruption, with a full public information exercise launching in June.

The consultation will consider the broad solutions rather than specific sites. It will also seek views on the potential use of any future lorry park or parks for ‘business as usual’ overnight lorry parking; while remaining sensitive to the Government’s desire not to deter any planned private investment. In his November announcement, the Secretary of State[7] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries on the M20, whilst allowing traffic to continue to flow in both directions and keeping junctions open.

The Department has now agreed with Highways England that this arrangement should take the form of a contraflow system which would see lorries for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel held on the coast-bound carriageway between junctions 8-9 of the M20, while other traffic will use a contraflow to continue their journey on the other side of the motorway. Highways England are starting the preparatory works for the scheme now and it will be available from early 2019. As well as improving the contingency arrangements as to lorry parking, the Government is also focused on improving the situation for business-as-usual lorry parking.

We have published the results of an in-depth survey carried out on the national picture of overnight lorry parking in England. The detailed information in the report will help local planning authorities to understand the nature of the issue better, at both a regional and local level. However, it is important to note that developers are already responding to what is currently a mismatch between supply and demand.

There are planning applications in the pipeline which it is estimated would, if delivered, equate to over 1,000 additional spaces across the country. Given the evident need for further parking spaces, the Government will be taking three steps on its side: First, Highways England have begun to analyse their landholdings in order to identify sites with the potential to be developed into lorry parks.

Initial work suggests that this might facilitate a total of around 1,500 additional parking spaces nationwide. Detailed feasibility work will be undertaken in the next six months. More generally, Highways England intend in future to give increased priority to the provision of lorry parking across the Strategic Road Network[8].

Its initial report for the second Road Investment Strategy period (2020-2025) Highways England propose funding to support the provision of better roadside facilities, which would include lorry parking. The Department has consulted on this proposal and is carefully considering the responses received. Secondly, I have written with Planning Minister[9] Dominic Raab[10] to local planning authorities to draw their attention to the survey results, which show a strategic national need for more lorry parking and highlight shortages in specific areas.

In addition, I am asking Highways England to develop their existing role as a statutory consultee on all proposed developments that are on or that directly affect the strategic road network. In future, Highways England will seek to use their unique network-wide perspective to assist local authorities in actively identifying areas of lorry parking need and potential solutions, including in the context of specific planning applications where these might help alleviate the situation. Thirdly, the Department will consider further steps to make it easier for local authorities to take enforcement action against hauliers who park inappropriately.

In Kent the trial on a stretch of the A20[11] of innovative enforcement approaches has had considerable success in its first six months of operation, with a significant fall in the number of vehicles parked overnight, and increased use of commercial parking facilities in the area, especially at weekends.

Subject to the findings of this 18-month trial, we will be looking to promote the wider application of such measures elsewhere.

References

  1. ^ Department for Transport (en.wikipedia.org)
  2. ^ Operation Stack (en.wikipedia.org)
  3. ^ M20 (en.wikipedia.org)
  4. ^ Secretary of State was originally the title given to the two officials who… (www.theyworkforyou.com)
  5. ^ November 2017 (en.wikipedia.org)
  6. ^ Highways England (en.wikipedia.org)
  7. ^ Secretary of State (en.wikipedia.org)
  8. ^ Strategic Road Network (en.wikipedia.org)
  9. ^ Ministers make up the Government and almost all are members of the House of… (www.theyworkforyou.com)
  10. ^ Dominic Raab (en.wikipedia.org)
  11. ^ A20 (en.wikipedia.org)

Auckland Transport proposing massive road safety investment for NZ’s largest city

Auckland Transport proposing massive road safety investment for NZ’s largest city

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing to invest NZ£700m (US£484m) in road safety initiatives to reduce death and serious injury on roads in New Zealand’s largest and most populous urban area. Latest figures show that in the past three years (2014-2017) road deaths and serious injuries in Auckland have increased at more than five times the rate of travel, and more than three times the rate of the rest of New Zealand.

On average, there is at least one death or serious injury on Auckland’s roads every day. The funding was signaled in the draft Regional Land Transport Plan, which was open for public consultation until May 14, and feedback will now be analyzed before the final budgets are approved. AT is proposing an ambitious safety infrastructure acceleration program that is estimated to reduce deaths and serious injuries by up to 150 (15-20%) over three years.

This includes reducing speed limits and installing traffic calming treatments on at least 10% of the city’s road network, better and safer pedestrian infrastructure, such as crossings and islands, safety cameras, and high friction road surfacing that reduces the risk of skidding. In addition, AT will increase the number of high-risk intersections that will receive safety improvements. The refreshed approach has been informed by an independent review of road safety issues and responses, commissioned by the AT Board in 2017.

Auckland Transport proposing massive road safety investment for NZ’s largest city Auckland City Council and AT attended the Associate Minister’s National Road Safety Summit in April, which brought together local government representatives from all over the country to discuss the road safety challenge facing New Zealand. AT’s own actions include an internal training program on road safety challenges and interventions to the agency’s entire organization, including the AT Board and executive leadership team.

In line with central government’s update of its ‘Safer Journeys’ road safety strategy, AT is also working to update the organization’s road safety strategy to be in line with Vision Zero principals. “In the past three years, deaths and serious injuries on Auckland roads have increased by more than 70% – that’s appalling and unacceptable,” noted Auckland’s Mayor, Phil Goff. “Compared with other international cities, we have one of the highest rates of pedestrian, cyclist and motorcyclist fatality rates. That demands action and we will be investing heavily in road safety measures with the regional fuel tax over the next 10 years, directly and indirectly contributing over half a billion dollars more into road safety.”

NZ Associate Minister of Transport, Julie Anne Genter said, “It’s unacceptable that so many Aucklanders are killed or seriously injured simply moving around the city.

It is 100% possible to make our streets safer, so I’m really pleased to see Auckland Transport prioritizing this work.”

May 18, 2018

Maersk to Cut Services as It Battles Shipping Glut

Maersk containers stacked at the Saint-Nazaire harbor in Montoir-de-Bretagne, France. The company said it would cut back on capacity after it reported a weak first quarter. Maersk containers stacked at the Saint-Nazaire harbor in Montoir-de-Bretagne, France.

The company said it would cut back on capacity after it reported a weak first quarter. Photo: loic venance/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images By Costas Paris and

Ian Walker

Updated May 17, 2018 12:53 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS [6]

A.P. Moller-Maersk[7] AMKBY -9.74% [8] A/S said it would cut back on capacity to combat falling freight rates and rising fuel costs, after the Danish shipping giant reported a weak first quarter that sent its shares down about 8%.

The world’s biggest container operator said its underlying loss widened to £239 million from a loss of £139 million a year earlier, with Chief Executive Soren Skou blaming rampant overcapacity as the main culprit and warning that a trade war between the U.S. and China would dash any hopes of a recovery in the shipping industry after a long down cycle.

“In the short term we will be closing down some services,” Mr.

Skou said in an interview. “Overcapacity is the biggest defect.”

Maersk shares were down 7.9% to 9,350 Danish kroner (about £1,480) on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange. Maersk reported a net profit of £2.75 billion, compared with a profit of £245 million in the same period last year, but the gain came from the sale of two units, Maersk Oil and Maersk Tankers. Mr.

Skou said higher fuel prices had added £70 to the cost of shipping a container from Asia to Europe and across the Pacific. Maersk currently moves more than 4 million containers, or 19% of global capacity.

Freight rates between Asia and Europe hover around £780 per box, about half the £1,500 break-even level. Maersk reiterated previous guidance that it expects 2018 underlying profit to be above the 2017 figure of £356 million, but Mr.

Skou said that depends on growing geopolitical risks.

“A trade war between the U.S. and China would be very, very bad,” he said, adding that new U.S. sanctions on Iran are “a driver” for rising oil prices.

Costs are rising overall and becoming inflationary. That’s not what we are used to.

–Maersk CEO Soren Skou

“Costs are rising overall and becoming inflationary. That’s not what we are used to,” Mr.

Skou said. He said Maersk leases or charters around 400 ships from a total of 750 in operation and that a number of them would be returned to their owners.

Maersk bought German competitor Hamburg Sud for £4 billion last year, which expanded its network by around 30%, while cargo volumes have grown by 24%. Mr.

Skou said Maersk would stop moving cargo to and from Iran, fearing repercussions from Washington.

“No shipping line that operates globally will be able to do business in Iran if the sanctions come to full force the way they intend to,” he said.

Container ships move the vast majority of manufactured goods and Maersk’s performance is seen as a barometer of the health of global trade.

Write to Costas Paris at [email protected] and Ian Walker at [email protected][9][10]

References

  1. ^ Biography (www.wsj.com)
  2. ^ @CostasParis (twitter.com)
  3. ^ [email protected] (www.wsj.com)
  4. ^ Biography (www.wsj.com)
  5. ^ [email protected] (www.wsj.com)
  6. ^ 0 COMMENTS (www.wsj.com)
  7. ^ A.P.

    Moller-Maersk (quotes.wsj.com)

  8. ^ AMKBY -9.74% (quotes.wsj.com)
  9. ^ [email protected] (www.wsj.com)
  10. ^ [email protected] (www.wsj.com)

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