TfL have unveiled their ambitious plan to transform how deliveries work in the capital, reducing road danger and helping to clean up London’s toxic air. They will work with the boroughs, businesses and the freight and servicing industry to achieve these goals.
The plan sets out how the industry can continue to meet the freight and servicing needs of London’s growing population and economy, while decreasing the number of freight vehicles entering central London by 10 per cent over six years. Actions include:
- Encourage Londoners to use more sustainable delivery options such as ‘click and collect’ and greener delivery slots
- Expand the number of TfL sites housing click and collect lockers by launching a tender to bid for space in TfL stations and open more lockers across the network
- Make smarter use of TfL and borough land by identifying plots that could be used for distribution centres, which are vital to encouraging sustainable last mile delivery methods such as cycle freight
- Reduce harmful emissions caused by freight movements by launching the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone in April this year (check if your vehicle is compliant. For more information, visit the ULEZ web page) and launch guidance will set out a clear process to boroughs for introducing zones to tackle pollution hot spots across the capital
- Make freight vehicles safer by launching the HGV Safety Permit Scheme, incorporating the world’s first Direct Vision Standard for HGVs, with the first permits under the scheme to be issued later this year
- Supporting increased use of water and rail by protecting and reactivating wharves and working with Network Rail to take advantage of opportunities to grow rail freight where possible