The Logistics Leaders Network Annual Lunch on 13th June returns to London. It will be held on board HQS Wellington, on the Thames and the home of the Master Mariners. This year’s annual lunch is part of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of vehicle licensing introduced in to the City of London in 1517 by the Worshipful Company of Carmen, The city of London’s Livery Company for the road transport industry.
The aim then was to control the number of carts plying for hire in the Square Mile and the resultant congestion, pollution and noise. This was solved then by introducing one-way streets and stands for cart hiring and the concept of the ‘rank’. Now exclusively used by black cabs in London. Many of the issues concerning freight traffic in London are the same today as they were then.
The theme for the Annual Lunch is the Future Role of Vehicle Licensing in Cities and the plans to deal with traffic congestion and air pollution. We are delighted that Beverley Bell, who retired as the Senior Traffic Commissioner at the end of May, will be the guest speaker after lunch. Now free form her day job, I am sure she will have some strong views on the way forward.
Transport for London is in control of the road space in London and Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport will be talking before lunch on the policies and proposals which Transport for London plan to make to alleviate congestion, reduce air pollution from traffic and keep London moving. Many of the ideas relating to freight transport, tested in London, are now being rolled out in other cities in the UK.
Should be a sunny day on the Thames. Join us for Coffee on the quarter deck at 11.00. Have a look round this former destroyer and the magnificent models of the UK’s shipping heritage. Lunch will be served in the amazing dining room created out of the space where the engines used to be and finish off with as much networking as you want. We are limited to 100 so please book early on the attached form.