TfL has today (4 October) revealed its Out-of-Hours Consortium, as well as officially announcing new out-of-hours delivery trials will be up and running in London within months.  The trials, which were mooted this summer in TfL’s response to the Roads Task Force’s report on the future for the capital’s streets and roads, will begin early in the new year.

TfL, which has also published Delivering a road freight legacy to showcase the out-of-hours work undertaken by operators during the London Olympics, will also work with the road transport industry over the next two years to develop a long-term freight strategy.

The Out-of-Hours Consortium comprises TfL, several London boroughs, retailers, London Councils, and the FTA and RHA.

TfL traffic commissioner Peter Hendy said: “These trials will benefit Londoners, businesses and the freight and logistics industry.

“Although some of these issues will not be resolved overnight, by working together, we can build on recent successes and ensure that freight deliveries in London can be even safer, greener and more efficient in future.”

James Hookham, MD of policy and communications at the FTA, said: “The mayor’s aspirations for London will see major changes in the way logistics works in the capital over the next few years.

“Removing existing barriers to an efficient freight industry, such as night-time delivery curfews and loading restrictions, is a must if we are to continue to support, serve and sustain London’s business.”

Last month the government revealed plans for a HGV Task Force in London focused on improving cycling safety.