The UK Government announced that will provide the Stronger Town Fund, meaning £1.6 billion in funding to communities to help drive job creation and enterprise. British Port Authorities (BPA) suggested that the Government should aim port regions in order to grow coastal economic clusters.
British Ports Association
As the European ports industry will gather in Rotterdam for the European Sea Ports Organisation Annual Conference, from 31 May to 1 June, the British Ports Association called the UK Government to make sure that public transport and infrastructure funding are increased after Brexit to keep UK freight operators and ports competitive.
The Free Ports concept has been much debated recently. This will not solve some of the immediate cross border challenges arising from Brexit but there are some ports such as Milford Haven, Teesport and others, where there could be interest. British Ports Association also outlined its vision for UK ports to be granted a special status, enabling development.
The British Ports Association released a video highlighting the importance of ports to the UK’s economy. The film uses new economic impact study data produced for Maritime UK, showing the value of the UK ports industry.
British Ports Association released an announcement outlining its key priorities for 2018. Amongst these, the focus turns on influencing the Brexit discussions, as well as the promotion of planning a freight policy reform.
The impacts of UK leaving the European Union could be crucial. The prospect of customs and bureaucratic environmental health checks at the border could possibly create congestion and delays, particularly for HGVs at Roll-on Roll-off ferry ports.
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