“Connecting Food Port Regions – Between and Beyond”, or in short the “Food Port” project,is funded by the European Union under the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme with the specific aim of developing the North Sea Region as the best food cluster and hub in Europe for food products delivered via an efficient and sustainable transport system. Transport Research Institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier University was commissioned by SEStran (transport partnership for the southeast of Scotland), one of the 18 partners involved in this project, to undertake a review of the Scottish food freight flows movements and identify major food transport corridors across the North Sea Region. This study followed a bottom‐up approach by focusing on the demand side and undertaking detailed interviews or online questionnaires with key stakeholders from across the food and drink industry.
Questions are specifically designed for gaining in‐depth knowledge of the inter and intra regional food product flows and for receiving insights into the willingness to participate in an innovative logistics concept with its focus on (horizontal) collaboration between (competing) shippers.
The main objectives of this study and action plan are; to promote efficient and effective distribution of freight movement in the SEStran area; support the development of the transport network for the region, for distribution purposes; produce tangible outcomes to localised freight transport problems; promote sustainable distribution in the SEStran area, including greater use of environmentally friendly modes and development of inter-modal freight facilities ;promote industry best practice initiatives; share information and increase knowledge of freight issues among SEStran local authorities and the freight sector; enhance understanding among different stakeholders and help to reach compromise where there are conflicting objectives. The plan aims to provide; the maximum benefit to the region, be straight forward to implement with manageable costs, provide SEStran with high visibility outputs, promote Local Authority collusion and provide common standards across the SEStran region.
SEstran;s freight Map of SE Scotland details all the key freight delivery routes throughout the region, together with key freight nodes and rest and parking facilities available for drivers.A printed copy of the map will be available in June 2010.
This study defines the existing freight distribution network in the South East of Scotland and identifies where improvements are required. It also seeks to establish the feasibility/viability of a Dryport in Scotland and examines the network impacts of potential locations for such a the facility. Existing freight routing issues are examined in terms of freight distribution and the traffic impacts of various locations for a Dryport are considered.