The new Centre for Sustainable Road Freight Transport was established with a total of £5.8 million funding for the first five years.
The research team for the new Centre brings together logistics expertise from Heriot-Watt University's Logistics Research Centre (LRC), and road freight vehicle engineering expertise from the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge to explore ways to make road freight economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
The Centre will focus on a critical sector of the UK economy. UK-registered lorries deliver 3.9 million tonnes of freight daily, approximately 65 kgs per person, moving 75% of total freight tonnage in the UK. In the absence of road freight transport, the UK economy would be paralysed within 4-5 days. The sector has, in its own right, an annual turnover about £24 billion, 290,000 drivers are employed to operate 400,000 lorries, with tens of thousands of other staff in supporting roles.