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Just one-third believe Govt has future vision for UK transport

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Posted on 18/03/2013 by Wayne Brophy FCILT

One-third (32 per cent) of leaders within the transport industry believe that the government has a vision for the future of UK transport, according to the results of a new study.

Research undertaken by Moorhouse revealed that of this number, just 18 per cent believe that this foresight is very or extremely clear.

The survey polled senior figures from 133 different companies and showed that 85 per cent think that a lack of clarity has had a negative effect on their organisation.

Jason Byrne, principal and transport sector lead at Moorhouse, said that the transport industry was "mired in uncertainty". He added that in order to remain competitive on a global scale, attracting investment and creating jobs, then the UK needs to have a clear vision for the future.

"Without clarity, the industry cannot make long-term strategic decisions, or understand where best to invest its resource. This lack of clear direction is grinding UK transport and infrastructure to a halt, and transport organisations risk wasting money by investing in the wrong areas or failing to adequately understand the benefits expected from these initiatives," he added.

It appears that dissatisfaction is clear to see in the rail and aviation industries. While 33 per cent said that the transport sector is fairly or very effective at working alongside the government to come up with a future transport policy, not one person was positive about this in the aviation sector.

Mr Byrne continued by saying that transport and logistics organisations need to take a different approach to their "major change initiative investments". He stated that a more disciplined and benefits-led approach will reap rewards, along with building internal capability for handling change.

The industry is also awaiting chancellor George Osborne's 2013 Budget, which will be delivered on March 20th.

It remains to be seen which measures he will announce which could affect the transport industry, with petrol prices and fuel tax at the top of many people's agendas.

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