The Cargo200 Initiative is a campaign calling on shipping lines and logistics service providers to cut 200 million miles from UK road and rail through better use of northern infrastructure.
On February 23, representatives from the automotive sector joined logisticians from dozens of other industries at an event at the Houses of Parliament to discuss with politicians the Northern Powerhouse and the Cargo200 Initiative.
Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, Ministers and MPs met with cargo owners to listen to the issues faced by importers and exporters and hear of progress with the £650 million investment in infrastructure being made by Peel Ports to enable the world’s largest ships to berth at Liverpool’s new L2 container terminal; Liverpool2.
Executives from JLR stood with High Street retailers and importers of forest products and bulk chemicals to show pan-industry support.
Hamish Scott, Strategy Director of Peel Ports, announced at the Automotive Supply Chain Congress last year that big UK names like JCB and JLR are joining the call for better options for cargo to be shipped from the North. At Westminster he reported: “there are now close to a hundred of the UK’s biggest cargo owners sending a clear message: bring me services closer to home, and we shall ease the road haulage problems, cut the congestion, cut the carbon and cut our cost.”