Transport and logistics

For a trading region with a complex economic geography like the North East, the importance of transport and logistics is crucial to economic success.

Quality transport infrastructure helps people move for jobs and leisure and distribute goods and services across the economy.  The role of key transport hubs and increasingly digitalised signalling will achieve even greater efficiencies and offer opportunities for wider growth.

The Strategic Economic Plan supports this sector with:

  • The drive to decarbonise transport with new fuels, connected and autonomous vehicles and the digitalisation of warehousing all offer both challenges and opportunities.
  • Strengthened co-ordination between economic and sector growth priorities and transport planning to ensure that growth is enabled and the transition to new modes and business models is actively facilitated.
  • Wider opportunities for stimulating growth through freight, through transport supply chains and innovation in transport.
  • Strengthening of collaborative leadership and co-ordination within the region’s transport sector in order to take forward work on skills, transport and sector planning and deliver new opportunities for growth in transport and logistics.
  • Collaborative work on transport related innovation should be identified and addressed to enhance mobility, reduce carbon and use the transport system as an enabler for wider innovation activity through digitalisation and connectivity.

Latest news

In conversation with Toby Bridges, Executive Chair, The NBT Group and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP, about the importance of digital adoption in driving operational efficiency

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Andrew Clark, Energy Lead at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, on the publication of the Green Jobs Taskforce report

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Hundreds of job placements on offer for young people in the North East

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North East LEP supports National Innovation Strategy

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Osbit gets to grips with global export markets

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New government-backed business support programme aims to increase digital technology adoption in North East manufacturing sector

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Energy Minister visits projects putting North East at the forefront of Net Zero drive

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North East Local Enterprise Partnership reaction to ONS regional labour market statistics

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s (North East LEP) Strategy and Policy Director, Richard Baker, has commented on today’s regional labour market statistics, released by…