On the 26th November 2021, the UK Government published the final report of the Union Connectivity Review. The review, led by Sir Peter Hendy CBE, was established to evaluate the availability and quality of British transport infrastructure and make recommendations on how to improve connectivity across the country. One such recommendation, and the primary take away from the report, is for the establishment of a multi-modal transport network, or UKNET.
Commenting on the report, Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group said “The recommendations of the Union Connectivity Review to create UKNET – a UK strategic transport network – are very welcome, as are plans for such a network conducted on a multimodal basis. These are strategic improvements that UKMPG has been calling for, and our research suggests that more than £14 billion of value can be unlocked by taking such an approach. The UK’s major ports, as gateways for 95% of UK trade, are critical nodes on such a network and we are eager to work with Government in developing the UKNET concept. It is also very welcome that the Union Connectivity Review shines a light on some key specific transport links that are crying out for improvement, such as the A75 in southern Scotland which is a vital artery for Northern Ireland.”
An infographic of the UK strategic freight network identified in the research mentioned above is attached. Please get in touch if you’d like to discuss further. Tim.Morris@ukmajorports.org.uk or 07387 091 407.UKMPG-STRATEGIC-FREIGHT-NEWORK-ROUTES-MAP_FREIGHT-FLOWS