£8m to help find innovative solutions to UK’s transport and logistics challenges

01 Apr 2010

The Government-backed Technology Strategy Board is investing £8m in projects designed to devise solutions to some of the UK's biggest transport and logistics challenges, including the need to ease congestion and reduce carbon emissions. The 12 collaborative research and development projects aim to develop innovative and sustainable systems and services that will help move goods around the country more effectively.

The 'Informed Logistics' competition is co-funded by the Department for Transport, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Highways Agency.

The long term aim of this activity is to support the UK logistics industry and help it to evolve by offering the opportunity to take part in collaborative research and development that helps to address some of the unsustainable practices that currently exist within the sector. There is a focus on devising solutions that improve efficiency and competitiveness, while reducing the environmental impact of road congestion. One of the ways in which this could be achieved is by coming up with new technology solutions that influence the choices that are made on a daily basis about the way that goods are moved around the country.

Explaining the background to the Technology Strategy Board's decision to invest in this area, Stephen Hart, the Board's Innovation Platform Leader for Intelligent Transport Systems and Services said:

"There is a national commitment to address increasing levels of congestion and environmental issues. Smarter and more sustainable logistics can help to achieve this."

"We want the industry to work together to increase efficiencies in the whole logistics network. It's our aim to accelerate developments in this area through real life demonstrations that act as a catalyst for marketable solutions."

To gain funding, the projects were encouraged to demonstrate that the system or service that they develop will affect the entire supply chain or logistics activity across the whole transport network. They were encouraged to 'think big' and told to identify solutions that will influence the way people make decisions about moving goods, increase the competiveness of the UK logistics industry and reduce the congestion and environmental impact of goods movement.

Steve Agg, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Commenting said:

"This investment will have significant impact; it is a unique message which demonstrates that Government is investing in our industry."

The successful projects will work towards solutions that help cut the environmental impact of road congestion by influencing customer choices towards more sustainable goods movement, or maximise intermodal freight solutions; or which demonstrate an integrated system approach to the movement of goods. Ends

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Companies and other organisations seeking further information about these and other funding competitions should visit the competitions page of the Technology Strategy Board website -www.innovateuk.org email competitions@tsb.gov.uk or phone the Competitions Helpline at 01355 272155

Media contact:

Until 5pm Thursday 1st March Claire Cunningham Media Relations Manager Technology Strategy Board Tel: 01793 442901 Mob: 07554 115745 Email: claire.cunningham@tsb.gov.uk

Additional contact: Paul Whittemore Tel: 01793 44 2769 Mobile: 07824599632

From April 6th: Nick Sheppard. Tel: 07824 599644 nick.sheppard@tsb.gov.uk


Last updated on Friday 30 July 2010 at 13:59

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