Government proposals outlined by a strategy document for the Department for Transport could see the UK adopting systems used in Hong Kong and Japan allowing travellers to drop of their luggage in city centres. These schemes in Hong Kong and Japan are used to save space on public transport.
This service is different to the one offered by commercial companies such as Send my bag, Luggage Free and Bag Express who take care of the whole journey by collecting your bag and delivering it to your final destination. These services are not cheap. Using Send my bag to transport your luggage from UK mainland to France with a 1-2 days delivery would cost £158 return for a 20 kilo bag going up to £190 for a 30 kilo bag. However, if you plan ahead and opt for standard delivery which takes 2-3 days the cost comes right down to £58 for a 20 kilo bag and £60 for a 30 kilo bag.
The strategy document suggests setting up check-in desks in town for travellers to drop off their luggage and get a boarding card. That way your luggage will travel with you on the same flight and be ready for your collection on arrival. An alternative option would be to have your luggage collected from your home.
It’s been 4 years since the government published its aviation policy framework. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Secretary of State for Transport while addressing The Aviation Club lunch told the audience that he will shortly publish a green paper setting out the aviation strategy in draft. The aim is to stimulate debate and in 2018 the government will publish a final white paper setting out their plans.