Air quality

Transport for London aiming to expand rapid charging infrastructure across capital

June 5, 2015 Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) is seeking companies to develop future charging infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles, including rapid charging technology for commercial vehicle fleets. The announcement forms part of the mayor’s strategy to improve air quality in the capital, which will see the introduction of the world’s first ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London in 2020. Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD for Surface Transport, said it was important to ensure the right infrastructure was in place to support the ULEZ […]

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Freight in the City Expo promises to solve sustainable urban freight challenges

May 27, 2015 Laura Hailstone

Following the success of last year’s Quiet Cities Global Summit, Motor Transport publisher Road Transport Media is holding a one-day urban logistics event aimed at all stakeholders interested in enabling quiet, clean and safe deliveries. The one-day Freight in the City Expo will combine seminars, an exhibition and guided tours all aimed at ensuring visitors have a comprehensive understanding of the issues around urban logistics. “There are many challenges associated with delivering goods and services in the cities, with new […]

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Wilson James on the hunt for new site to expand London Construction Consolidation Centre

May 15, 2015 Hayley Pink

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) is on the hunt to purchase a new site to accommodate the rapid increase in demand from contractors wanting to use the facility. Now based in Silvertown, east London, the facility has a storage capacity of around 140,000ft², compared with the 40,000ft² the LCCC offered when it first launched as part of a two-year trial in 2005. “There is much more of an appetite now than there was back in 2005,” said Bob Dempsey, […]

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Freight consolidation centres an important specialism for DHL

May 11, 2015 Hayley Pink

A top DHL executive has said freight consolidation centres remain an “extremely important” sector for the business to maintain a specialism in, as he believes they will become more commonplace in the future logistics market. Vice-president of public sector, Roger Burns, says although there isn’t a vast amount of consolidation activity in the present climate, it still remains an essential area for DHL to explore growth opportunities. DHL Supply Chain currently operates three freight consolidation schemes in the UK – […]

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Urban freight hubs could be a political vote winner, says London courier Fastlane

May 6, 2015 Hayley Pink

London-based global courier Fastlane International is calling on the UK’s political parties to introduce urban freight hubs to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres. The parcel firm said the use of urban consolidation centres could be a vote winner, yet it has not been addressed by any of the major parties in the run-up to the general election. Fastlane International head of PR, David Jinks, said: “A general election is the ideal platform for setting out bold ideas such […]

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London Construction Consolidation Centre doubles in size as contractors realise benefits

April 1, 2015 Hayley Pink

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) has more than doubled in size in the past 12 months, which it attributes to building contractors seeking alternative delivery methods to tackle congestion and local authority constraints they face in the capital. Operated by Wilson James, the LCCC now comprises 12,000m2 of warehousing space – last month taking on a third 4,200m2 unit to handle additional volumes. LCCC is currently servicing 15 major construction projects in the capital, including construction works at University […]

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Smart City Logistics tool aims to help local authorities improve urban freight deliveries

March 30, 2015 Hayley Pink

An online tool has been developed to help local authorities explore sustainable urban freight scenarios for their city centres. Smart City Logistics uses geographic information system technology to create an open source platform mapping a range of data including access restrictions, loading and unloading facilities, population, land use and carbon emissions. It was developed as part of the Last Mile Logistics (LaMiLo) project by the Luxembourg Institute for Science and Technology with an aim to provide information to minimise congestion, […]

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Video highlights last-mile delivery pilots across European cities

February 26, 2015 Hayley Pink

An EU-funded project exploring sustainable last-mile deliveries has launched a video to highlight a series of pilots taking place across cities in north-west Europe, including London. The LaMiLo scheme, comprising private logistics firms, local authorities and researchers, is aiming to demonstrate the economic, environmental and social benefits of consolidating deliveries and using more eco-friendly transport options for the final mile, such as electric vans or bicycles. Ian Short, chief executive at the Institute for Sustainability in the UK and LaMiLo […]

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Viewpoint from DHL: Transport’s challenge

October 13, 2014 Tim Slater

Consumers and businesses take freight and transport for granted. It an essential part of daily life and keeps the country running, writes Tim Slater, MD of transport, DHL Supply Chain UK and Ireland While transport is ingrained in our routines – it would be fair to acknowledge that we are not yet close to a perfect system with a number of challenges still facing our industry on a daily basis. Congestion is a problem that every driver can relate to […]

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Hushing it up

September 29, 2014 louise cole

Out-of-hours deliveries were introduced for the London Olympics and, while not without challenges. were so successful that several firms have continued them. Louise Cole reports There are many reasons why urban deliveries should be conducted between late evening and early morning. Traffic levels are at their lowest, so the largest vehicles on the road can move without contributing to or being delayed by congestion. Some 80% of road fatalities in London are vulnerable road users, with cyclists the most affected […]