New CILT President prioritising city-centre decongestion

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 10:35
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PRIORITY: CILT President Jim Steer

New Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) President Jim Steer is looking to prioritise relieving city centre congestion, claiming it is key to economic growth.

According to Mr Steer, the sector must collaborate more and look into new techniques in order to reduce traffic numbers.

Mr Steer, Director and Founder of Steer Davies Gleave, believes reducing congestion would drive economic and social prosperity, alongside making city centres more pleasant places to be.

He was speaking to ITN Productions’ Transport News Channel ahead of the CILT Annual Conference and Dinner.

“Congestion is the enemy of us all,” he said.

“We need to work together as transport professionals to show what transport as a whole can do.”

Graham Inglis, Chief Executive of DHL Supply Chain Europe, was part of the same discussion, and agreed with Mr Steer’s analysis.

“The current environment requires much more collaboration and innovation,” he said.

“At DHL we already use our network on a shared basis for the good of customers, but clearly we can do more.

“And whether it is night-time deliveries or consolidation centres, utilising new techniques to decongest our city centres is very important.”

CILT’s Annual Conference and Dinner 2013 took place yesterday, with transport and logistics sector thought leaders joining to discuss the future, latest innovations and latest issues.

Transport News, from ITN Productions, is presented by Natasha Kaplinsky and includes reports, interviews and latest news from the sector.

It is the latest industry channel from ITN Productions’ corporate production team, which delivers news programming for individual business sectors.

The full panel discussion interview with Mr Steer, Mr Inglis and Giles Fearnley, CEO of First Group, is available to watch here.

Image courtesy of Tom Raftery, with thanks.

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