Wakefield Council’s Transport Services shortlisted in Logistics Awards 2020

16/09/2020, PR-9587

​Wakefield Council's Transport Services team have been shortlisted as a finalist for a national award – in recognition of their remarkable work during Covid-19 to support vulnerable people in the district.

Cllr Jack Hemingway

​The team is in the running to be named as Public Service Operator of the Year in the 2020 Logistics UK Logistics Awards.


The awards, now in their fourth year, are the most prestigious in the logistics sector, which is at the heart of every part of the British economy and celebrates the companies and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the logistics and supply chain sectors. 


The Council's Transport Services has been at the heart of the Council's response during Covid-19, firstly to keep established services that require transport, such as waste collection, and other essential services such as school transport, public health and social work to continue. Then, secondly, for their vital support to vulnerable people, including delivering hundreds of food parcels to those most in need. Council staff with key skills were redeployed into the team, with vehicles provided and drivers to meet the needs of communities across the district.


Cllr Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Climate Change at Wakefield Council, said: "We are incredibly proud of all our staff for working in ways that had never been considered before, in response to the pandemic.


"Colleagues have shown courage, a passion to help and support, and professionalism which demonstrates their commitment to delivering fantastic public services, at this extraordinary time that we are experiencing.


"To be shortlisted for such a prestigious award is a well deserve recognition for the excellent work and effort that the Council's Transport Operations and Logistics team have delivered, throughout an immensely difficult operational period."


The Council's entry also highlights that during the time of the lockdown they maintained the highest level of resilience, safety and compliance, through achieving accreditation in the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agencies (DVSA) Earned Recognition scheme, only one of three Council's to do so nationally.


The Council's entry will now be judged by members of the Logistics UK Board, which includes representatives from some of the country's most influential logistics businesses. The winners will be announced on 10 December 2020.


David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, the only business organisation representing all of the logistics industry, commented: "During the Covid-19 pandemic, our industry has been recognised by government – quite rightfully – as key to the ongoing success of the British economy and our 2020 awards will provide the ideal opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements of those working in our sector. These finalists represent the 'best of the best' of our sector; the businesses and individuals determined to keep Britain trading, both at home and overseas. They have been selected for their outstanding commitment, knowledge and expertise, and represent a wide range of UK companies across transport modes and business sectors."