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Operators count true cost of storm

Last week's storms cost UK industry in the "high hundreds of millions" according to the Association of British Insurers, with the road transport industry picking up a large chunk of the bill.

Hull launches Logistics Institute

The country's newest university logistics department, based in Hull, holds its inaugural convention next week and is will take its first students in September.The Logistics Institute at the University of Hull has been set up with 20m funding from Yorkshire Forward, the European Union and the university itself.Its first course will be a flagship postgraduate project - an MSc in logistics and supply-chain management. When it starts taking undergraduate students next year, it will be one of the few UK institutions to offer a full three-year course in logistics.

Look out - there's a truck thief about

Truckpol, the national intelligence unit on UK road freight crime, is warning operators about rising truck thefts.Detective Constable Mark Galliers says that 1,000 trucks have been stolen since the start of the year, compared with 971 between January and the end of June last year. "With one month to go, we are already through last year's figures. That is the alarming thing," he adds.

FTA chief exec refutes claims of xenophobia

Freight Transport Association chief executive Richard Turner went head to head with his European counterparts last week to answer charges of xenophobia about the 'Tell us who you are" campaign.

Eurotunnel threatens to sue UK over cancelled subsidy

Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel is threatening to sue the UK government over the cancellation of a subsidy designed to boost rail freight through the tunnel.The firm, currently facing up to the threat of liquidation over its £6.2bn debt mountain, says it will take the government to court if no agreement is reached on reviving the £50m annual payout.

Jay Davidson makes a million in first year

A Pembrokshire haulier is celebrating its first year in business by breaking through the million-pound barrier on its turnover.Jay Davidson Haulage, trading as MegaDrive, is based in Pembroke Dock. It has attracted high-profile customers such as Eddie Stobart and Tesco, helping to push its turnover past £1.1m.Steve Davidson, the company's founder, says: "We've expanded very fast in our first year and are continuing to grow.

Business soars at Prestwick International Airport

Glasgow Prestwick International Airport has reported its highest volume of freight for two years, boosting work for local hauliers. A total of 2,896 tonnes of freight went through the airport in October, the highest monthly figure since December 2004.

Boulogne will be home to faster freighters

The Boulogne Chamber of Commerce and Industry hopes to attract hauliers involved in the international transport of fish and fresh products following the launch of a futuristic cargo service.Boulogne is set to become the European hub for the new high-speed cargo carriers called BGVs (Bateau Grande Vitesse), which will link the French port with Drammen in Norway, Santander in northern Spain and Sheerness in Kent. The trimaran design is said to offer a top speed of 65 knots.