The Freight Transport Association (FTA) says a ban on road works on major routes leading into and out of Derry over Christmas and the New Year will be of huge benefit to transport operators.
Department for Regional Development (DRD) Minister, Michelle McIlveen, announced that works in Belfast, Lisburn and Derry would be halted from November 30 until January 4 to allow traffic to flow freely and ensure deliveries are not disrupted.
Seamus Leheny, FTA’s Policy and Membership Manager for N. Ireland, said: “FTA members across Northern Ireland face their busiest few weeks in the build-up to Christmas as they make sure our local shops, restaurants and bars are stocked and that gift parcels are delivered to homes.
“Hopefully operators will save vital time in making their deliveries, thus ensuring the public can enjoy the festive period.”
His comments were echoed by a number of FTA members. Charlie Stevenson, Logistics Manager at drink distributor James E McCabe Ltd in Craigavon, said: “We welcome this decision as the Christmas period is our most demanding delivery schedule. We have our largest orders at this time of year so this decision will hopefully make it easier and more efficient in getting our goods to shops, bars and restaurants.”
The FTA is one of the UK’s largest trade associations and represents the transport interests of companies moving goods by road, rail, sea and air.