Information on Timber Transport in Wales
The Wales Timber Transport Group held a conference in May 2011 and produced an action plan that highlighted priority issues and actions for addressing timber transport constraints in Wales.. The report and presentations from the conference are available on this page.
FC Wales and ConFor grant-aided the fitting of a Tyre Pressure Control System (also known as Central Tyre Inflation) to a Les Hughes & Son timber lorry to demonstrate and evaluate the technology. The lorry was on display at the APF (Forest Industry) exhibition at Cannock Chase in September 2010. An article on the trial was in featured in Commercial Motor in December 2010. Tony Hughes reported back on the trial at the 2011 conference – see conference report.
FC Wales produced a report on Tywi Forests Roads Plan Review and Haulage Network in October 2007. The report identified the issues surrounding round timber haulage from the Tywi and Irfon forest complex, and the associated public highways used. The report also identified options and recommendations for partnerships between relevant parties, both public and private sector and the Local authority Highways departments, and offers potential solutions to benefit both the rural highways infrastructure, local communities and the forest industry.
In December 2010 the various growers in the area held a community drop in event at the Royal Oak Inn to discuss timber transport issues.
The Tywi Timber Transport Forum set up a fund in 2011 to carry out various works including the Cwm Henog-Esgair Dafydd shared forest road for which a case study has been prepared.
Wales Timber Transport Group commissioned a Wales Forest Products Transport Mapping Project Report in 2005 mapping the movement of timber from resource to primary processor in Wales identifying the infrastructure impediments to the flow of this timber.The dataset from this report has been updated and a report is available.
In March 2005 the group contributed to a trial of moving timber by rail from Aberystwyth to Chirk using a Freight Multiple Unit. This demonstrated that moving timber by rail was feasible. However there are limited rail linked processors and in most cases the first leg of any haul needs to be by lorry. It is expected that most timber haulage in coming years will continue to go by road.