As the UK’s capital city and bustling business and trade hub, London and its surrounding counties (including Essex), play a pivotal role in the overall economy of our country. From the square mile through to industrial sites and even shipping ports, the South East is a hive of industry providing employment and trade to all four corners of the earth.
Consequently, the haulage sector and associated industries are a key link in the success of the UK’s ongoing growth. Without the haulage sector, things would quite literally ground to a halt!
So what role does a leading haulage company in London and Essex (such as Hammond Transport) play and how do the cogs work to support London, Essex and the wider UK’s economy?
In this blog post we’ll be taking a look at the industry and what it means to the country’s network of businesses.
How big is the haulage sector in the UK?
Believe it or not, the haulage sector is the UK’s fifth largest employer, with over 2.5 million people employed within it. Whilst the sector is worth an incredible £124 billion to the country’s economy and almost 90% of all goods transported by land are moved by lorries and HGVs across the UK’s network of roads and motorways.
These figures indicate how important the sector is to the smooth running of trade across the country and the rest of the world. Afterall, without the haulage sector, how would goods be transported to their final destinations?
The haulage sector has enabled the UK to continue to maintain its position as one of the leading countries for trade in the western world.
Haulage in London and Essex
Our capital city is the heart of the UK’s economy, and as a result its neighbouring county of Essex provides the lifeblood to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. Essex is situated on the East coast of the UK, with direct links into the city and a number of shipping ports such as Tilbury. This network of roads, trainlines and shipping ports has offered a thriving and important logistical location for many centuries.
Many of Essex’s shipping ports date back to Tudor times, trading in goods such as cloth and wool. They have grown and developed over time to connect the British Isles to the rest of Europe and as a result, the haulage sector has grown alongside it, enabling cargo to be transported in and out of London quickly and efficiently.
What does the future hold for haulage in London and Essex?
Infrastructure in the capital city and Essex continues to grow, thrive and flourish. The success of the haulage sector in this part of the country shows no sign of slowing down.
As one of the oldest and most trusted haulage and logistics companies in the UK, Hammond Transport’s roots have always been firmly planted in London and Essex, and since our inception almost 75 years ago our services have moved a huge variety of freight, cargo and goods on an international scale.
Through investment in the highest standards of technology and a dedication to innovating within the sector, we’re continuing to lead the way within the industry and will continue to support this vital part of our economy for decades to come.