BPA Calls for More Focus on Port Connectivity and Planning

Following the launch of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy, British Ports Association (BPA) has called for a greater focus on port connectivity and fast tracking of planning to help ports develop and grow.

“We welcome the publication of today’s Industrial Strategy and support the strong focus on growing the economy, investing in transport and increasing trade,” Richard Ballantyne, BPA Chief Executive, said.

He added that measures that enable ports to develop and grow should also be included in the strategy.

BPA earlier suggested some of these measures in its Ports Zones concept, that would see port areas classified as areas for growth, enabling fast track planning and marine consents and safeguarded against unintended restrictions created by environmental and planning designations.

Ballantyne also said that the strategy “rightly recognizes that ports are hubs for employment and it includes a welcome suggestion that improving connections to ports can help to promote trade and create jobs.”

UK ports collectively employ around 120,000 people, handling 500 million tonnes of freight each year, which represents over 95% of UK trade.

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>

Events>

<< Jul 2018 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

TRANSTEC 2018

TRANSTEC 2018 welcomes participants to explore Russian Ports and Shipping development opportunities…

read more >

Europort 2018

From 15-17 May 2018, the 12th edition of Europort Romania willl take place in the IDU Hall in Constanta…

read more >

SMM 2018

This is a must-attend event – a unique opportunity to meet key players, display business strengths, establish new contacts and exchange…

read more >

Defence Safety Conference Supported by The Defence Safety Authority, UK MoD

The Defence Safety Conference is the first of its kind exclusively dedicated to safety across the defence domain…

read more >