Government Policy For Transport Needs to Match Its Importance To Scotland

From left to right: Andrew Malcolm MBE, Malcolm Group, Michelle Gardner, Alexandra Herdman, Fiona Hyslop MSP, Ross Anderson, lead processing manager, Royal Mail Scotland, and Tony McElroy, Tesco’s head of campaigns for sustainability, circularity and food waste.

Logistics UK along with leading players in Scottish road haulage and transport met with the Scottish government to discuss how the sector can thrive and support the transition to a green economy.

Logistics UK’s deputy director Michelle Gardner and senior policy manager for Scotland Alexandra Herdman alongside several Logistics UK members spoke with cabinet secretary for transport Fiona Hyslop.

The group put across its four key areas where the Scottish government must focus attention to drive inclusive growth:

  • a close partnership between the Scottish government and the logistics sector;
  • innovative and integrated infrastructure, with Scotland playing a key part in a UK logistics network;
  • a just transition to a green economy that keeps costs down and supply chains resilient;
  • and skills partnerships to support a thriving sector and resilient supply chains.

Alexandra Herdman said: “The contribution that logistics makes cannot be understated and we were able to show it can provide additional significant growth for the Scottish economy with a targeted focus on the country’s infrastructure pinch points, electric vehicle charging network and opportunities for modal shift.”

There are around 11,000 logistics businesses in Scotland employing over 200,000 people. 

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