The Mayor of London and Transport for London have unveiled an ambitious plan to work with boroughs, businesses and the freight and servicing industry to transform how deliveries are made in the capital.
A key part of the plan includes offering more click and collect points at Tube stations, with TfL launching a tender to bid for space in their stations and open more parcel lockers across the transport network.
TfL will make land available for micro-distribution centres in key locations to support sustainable last mile deliveries in neighbourhoods across the capital, including by bike. It will also work with businesses to encourage them to offer ‘green’ delivery slots, which let shoppers choose a delivery window when drivers are already in their area.
Lorries and vans are vital for London's economy. Half of the value of household expenditure, around £79 billion a year, relies on road freight. However, the movements of goods vehicles in the capital have increased by around 20% since 2010.
Lorries and vans currently account for around one fifth of road traffic in London and about one third in central London during the morning peak.
TfL research shows that heavy goods vehicles are involved in 63% of fatal collisions with cyclists, and 25% of fatal collisions with pedestrians, despite only making up 4% of the overall miles driven in the capital. Lorries and vans also account for around a third of all nitrogen oxide emissions in the capital.
As London grows, the volume of lorry and van trips will continue to grow unless action is taken.
The Mayor's Freight and Servicing Action sets out how the industry can continue to meet the freight and servicing needs of London’s growing population and economy, while reducing the number of lorries and vans entering central London during the morning peak by 10% by 2026.
Encouraging Londoners to choose more sustainable delivery options is key as sales online have doubled since 2012. Between 200,000 and 400,000 personal deliveries are made to offices in central London every day.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, commented: “Freight is essential for London’s economy, but we need to be smarter about how we manage the millions of van and lorry journeys each week. By creating a pan-London network of micro-distribution centres and rolling out innovative click and collect points at more Tube stations, we will enable more commuters to collect packages near their home – helping reduce congestion across our city.
“Together with the introduction of our world-leading Direct Vision Standard and supporting businesses to switch to electric vans and cargo bikes, we will make freight more efficient while also reducing road danger and cleaning up London’s air.”