2017 Media

Buying Business Travel, Molly Dyson – 12 December 2017

Think tank: aviation ‘must be a priority’ for trade strategy

Think tank the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has called on the government to make the aviation industry a priority in its economic strategy “in order to properly equip global Britain” after Brexit.


Air Cargo News – 11 December 2017

ITC report calls on the UK Government to prioritise aviation industry post BrexitThink tank the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has called for the UK’s aviation industry to be a priority for Government thinking in regards to any post-Brexit world. The ITC-commissioned report – ‘The Strategic Challenges Facing UK Aviation: Assessing the future of UK air connectivity’ – was written by a former Bank of England economist, Rebecca Driver of Analytically Driven Ltd. The ITC notes that the report builds upon its own expertise by examining the economic impact, environmental issues and connectivity associated with airport capacity growth in the south-east of England.


Digital Look – 11 December 2017

Monday newspaper round-up: Brexit, energy cap, fund charges, defence review

The Government has been urged to ­focus on the aviation industry in its Brexit talks if the country is to avoid suffering a hit to trade and investment. The Independent Transport Commission think-tank, one of the country’s leading research charities, has issued a report claiming a lack of support for the sector could lead to trade suffering once the UK leaves the EU. – Telegraph


Travel Weekly, Phil Davies – 11 December 2017

High APD levels attacked in report calling for more support for aviation

A lack of support for the aviation industry could lead to trade suffering once the UK leaves the EU, a think tank has warned the government. The Independent Transport Commission research points to the “huge economic value” of the aviation industry. The high level of Air Passenger Duty also drew criticism from the report.


The Daily Telegraph, Bradley Gerrard – 11 December 2017

Government must focus on Brexit aviation deal to avoid trade hit

The Government has been urged to ­focus on the aviation industry in its Brexit talks if the country is to avoid suffering a hit to trade and investment. The Independent Transport Commission think-tank, one of the country’s leading research charities, has issued a report claiming a lack of support for the sector could lead to trade suffering once the UK leaves the EU.

Commercial News Media – 23 November 2017


Aviation growth strategy fundamental to the UK’s economic future, concludes think tank

Following a comprehensive survey of transport authorities, aviation and aerospace sectors, the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has released an in-depth analysis of the acute challenges facing the UK government in aviation policy and air connectivity as it seeks to create the conditions for economic growth in a highly charged global arena.


Aeropolitical Updates – 22 November 2017

Air Passenger Duty is likely to damage air connectivity on a global scale after Brexit, says report

Air Passenger Duty is likely to damage air connectivity on a global scale after Brexit, according to a recent report.

A study conducted by an Independent Transport Commission think tank proposes that air tax should be amended with alternative fiscal measures or removed entirely right before Wednesday’s budget.


Travel Weekly, Phil Davies – 20 November 2017

APD to ‘damage global air connectivity’ post-Brexit

Air Passenger Duty is a blunt tool for managing emissions and is likely to damage global air connectivity post-Brexit, according to a new report. The air tax should be reformed with alternative fiscal measures or removed, the study by an Independent Transport Commission (ITC) think tank urges ahead of Wednesday’s Budget


The Planner, Laura Edgar – 20 July 2017

Labour force a key concern for transport industry in Brexit negotiations

Think tank Independent Transport Commission’s (ITC) report How Will Leaving the EU Affect EU Transport? Key Issues considers the concerns the British transport industry has arising from the vote to leave the European Union. It includes feedback received from an ITC consultation with the transport industry, including responses on aviation, bus, maritime, rail, and road transport interests.


Handy Shipping Guide – 20 July 2017

Think Tank Issues Report on Key Issues for Transport Industry Brexit Talks Must Address  

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC), a think tank that addresses long-term strategic issues in the fields of transport and land use, has issued a report addressing key Brexit concerns for the UK transportation industries to assist policymakers and representatives to champion the UK transport industry in the ongoing EU-UK negotiations. The paper – ‘How will leaving the EU affect UK transport? Key issues’ – explores the key issues for the British transport industry arising from the UK leaving the European Union (EU), reflecting the feedback received by an ITC consultation with aviation, bus, maritime, rail and road transport interests.


The Economic Voice – 20 July 2017

Cross-sector consultation establishes key Brexit concerns for the UK transport industry

A wide-ranging survey and report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) crystallises the core transport industry concerns – people, customs, regulation, finance and funding – while calling on policymakers to champion the UK transport industry in the ongoing EU-UK negotiations. The think tank occasional paper – “How will leaving the EU affect UK transport? Key issues” – explores the key issues for the British transport industry arising from the UK leaving the European Union (EU), reflecting the feedback received by an ITC consultation with the transport industry. 


RW Freight – 19 June 2017

Robots may tackle urban freight problem

A new report suggests that the use of robots for last mile deliveries could address the problems of urban freight distribution.  The Independent Transport Commission’s (ITC) report on urban freight distribution in the UK considers the problem of more deliveries by vans in urban areas because of increasing demands of internet shopping and door-to-door deliveries, leading to congestion and air pollution. The report is based on innovations in urban freight practices in London, following the 2012 Olympic Games, which forced the transport and logistics sectors to rethink methods.


Lloyd’s Loading List – 16 June 2017

E-commerce growth: how can we meet the urban supply chain challenges ahead?

To explore potential solutions to these challenges, the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has been looking at a series of innovative case studies that are helping to change the shape of urban freight distribution. The new report, ‘How can we improve urban freight distribution in the UK?’, focuses on three case studies, each designed to address a different set of policy challenges. The studies were all based in London, both as the largest UK urban area and the most advanced in terms of trials and initiatives, although the report argues that many of the concepts could be translated to other British cities.


Eltis – 16 June 2017

New report looks at solutions to UK urban freight challenges

A new report from the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) in the UK looks into how urban freight distribution in the country can be improved. The report examines examples of urban freight innovation through three case studies. These look at solving the challenge of the ‘last mile’ delivery, urban consolidation centres (UCCs), and the possible retiming of deliveries.


UK Haulier – 6 June 2017

Think Tank Report Tackles the “Free Delivery” Myth

With e-commerce growing at over 10% annually, a new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) – “How can we improve urban freight distribution in the UK? Challenges and solutions” – shines a light on ways to optimise efficiency in urban freight movements as well as reducing congestion and emissions. This new ITC report examines the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain, successful initiatives and the development of the necessary tools to drive efficient deliveries.


Lloyd’s Loading List, Stuart Todd – 2 June 2017

Think tank report tackles ‘free delivery myth’

With e-commerce growing at over 10% annually, a new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) – “How can we improve urban freight distribution in the UK? Challenges and solutions” – highlights ways to optimise efficiency in urban freight movements as well as reducing congestion and emissions. It examines “the successes to date and the obstacles to further progress” through three main case studies on: retiming deliveries with DHL, consolidation centres with the London Borough of Camden and the use of new technologies such as the Starship robots covering the ‘last mile’. 


Freight in the City, Hayley Pink – 2 June 2017

Last-mile logistics report says ‘free delivery’ mentality must be stopped

A new report commissioned by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has found that the general public’s belief that delivery is free is something to be challenged urgently if urban distribution is to remain viable. ITC director Matthew Niblett said: “People are waking up to the fact that freight produces a large and increasing portion of daily road miles, particularly during the peak hours. “With online retail delivery volumes increasing by 10% in 2016, we need individuals, businesses and public organisations to break out of the free delivery mindset.”


Handy Shipping Guide – 1 June 2017

So Do Autonomous Freight Trucks Mean More or Fewer Haulage Drivers on Our Roads?  

Possible solutions to part of this conundrum and the problems faced in urban areas as the desire to ‘go to the shops’ falls away in favour of e-based commerce is covered in yet another report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) on future challenges faced by UK freight as increasing numbers of consumers expect to receive home delivery of orders and how those expectations are going to have a negative influence on British cities without government decisions on how the nature of said cities is going to adapt to service those desires. 


Commercial Fleet – 1 June 2017

Think tank report tackles the free delivery myth

Political will and collaboration is needed to drive greater efficiency in UK urban freight movements, suggests the Independent Transport Commission (ITC). The think tank has commissioned a report examining the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain, successful initiatives and the development of the necessary tools to drive efficient deliveries.


Supply Management, Andrew Allen – 1 June 2017

Innovative freight solutions need support

In a report the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) said LGVs, which mostly run on diesel, have come under increasing public focus due to their emission levels. Often noisier than private motor vehicles, LGVs can be a problem particularly at night when noise disturbance can interrupt sleep and contribute to health problems. The need to find new methods of urban freight propulsion is now a high priority, said the report. ITC identified a number of principles that policymakers should use when addressing urban freight policy challenges.


Transport Network, Chris Ames – 31 May 2017

Robots could help tackle growing urban freight problem

The Independent Transport Commission’s (ITC) report on urban freight distribution in the UK comes against a backdrop of growing deliveries from vans in urban areas due to the increasing demands of internet shopping and door-to-door deliveries, leading to greater congestion and air pollution.


Intelligent Transport Systems Review – 31 May 2017

Report encourages robotic deliveries

Automated delivery vehicles can offer huge benefits for urban freight distribution but take up of such technology is often held back by regulation, making it difficult to get new schemes off the ground, according to the Independent Transport Commission. In a report published this week the think tank calls on the new metro Mayors to help drive greater efficiency in UK urban freight movements. It examines the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain and points out that e-commerce is growing at over 10% a year.


The Loadstar, Gavin van Marle – 30 May 2017

New-style supply chains needed to cope with urban e-commerce boom

According to a new report from the UK-based Independent Transport Commission (ITC), the rapid growth in the number of vans and light goods vehicles (LGVs) in London has led to greater congestion and public concern about pollution – especially since they mostly run on diesel, which has come under increasing public focus due to its NOx and particulate emission levels.


Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) – 30 May 2017

Think Tank report tackles the “Free Delivery” myth

This new ITC report examines the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain, successful initiatives and the development of the necessary tools to drive efficient deliveries. The report’s case studies focus on retiming, consolidation centres and the ‘last mile’ in London, although the lessons learnt are applicable to other UK urban areas where more than 80% of the population lives.


The Economic Voice – 30 May 2017

Think Tank Report Tackles the “Free Delivery” Myth

ITC claims political will and collaboration needed to drive greater efficiency in UK urban freight movements. With e-commerce growing at over 10% annually, a new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) – “How can we improve urban freight distribution in the UK? Challenges and solutions” – shines a light on ways to optimise efficiency in urban freight movements as well as reducing congestion and emissions. This new ITC report examines the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain, successful initiatives and the development of the necessary tools to drive efficient deliveries.


Post and Parcel – 30 May 2017

ITC report focuses on urban logistics challenge

A new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has argued that more political will and collaboration are needed to drive greater efficiency in UK urban freight movements. The ITC report examines the scale of the growing urban logistics challenge in Britain, successful initiatives and the development of the necessary tools to drive efficient deliveries.


Van Fleet World, Natalie Middleton – 30 May 2017

New thinking vital to solving urban delivery challenges, report finds

Published by the Independent Transport Commission, the research sets out a number of case studies on retiming, consolidation centres and the ‘last mile’. The DHL case study on retiming deliveries shows how a two-month trial with a particular customer in London brought financial benefits, while halving the number of delivery vehicles required, reducing complaints from local residents and improving safety.


Passenger Transport – 20 April 2017

Hendy seeks outward-looking rail industry

Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has endorsed a report from the Independent Transport Commission calling for the industry to become more outward-looking in order to attract local private and public sector funding for infrastructure schemes and increase the railway’s value to communities and businesses. In his foreword to the Classic Rail and Connecting Cities report, Hendy said the industry needed to gear up for the challenge of meeting forecasts that patronage will double in the next 25 years by gaining greater understanding of how companies, house-builders and local authorities want the network to develop.


Rail Technology Magazine – 11 April 2017

Hendy: Rail industry must learn to relate to the world outside of it

The railway must be adaptable, relatable and must improve its planning processes in order to grow wider economic growth in the future, a report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) backed by Network Rail chair Sir Peter Hendy has stated. The report, ‘Classic Rail and Connected Cities: Capturing the Benefits from Rail System Development’, looked at the long-term effects of major infrastructure development in rail to create a guide for rail leaders to use to generate greater economic growth across the UK.


Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) – 11 April 2017

Think tank provides guide for rail development

Drawing on international and national best practice, a new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) – “Classic Rail and Connected Cities: Capturing the Benefits from Rail System Development” – provides a template for maximising the long-term benefit from railway enhancements. The latest ITC report examines the long-term effects of major infrastructure development – both positive and negative – and provides a guide for how the railway can create greater economic growth, employment and housing.