London’s landlords are declaring war on vehicle deliveries, amid fears that overcrowded and polluted streets are jeopardising business.
Property heavyweights fear that worsening congestion is driving commuters, shoppers and tourists away from major destinations in the capital, as the rise of online purchasing leads to ever more delivery vans, motorbikes and lorries.
Moves to pedestrianise entire streets and cut down on delivery orders are among the steps being taken to ease congestion, as landlords and councils worry that congestion in many parts of the capital has reached breaking point.
“In the West End there is a sense that it is already very crowded, and with Crossrail opening, there’ll be a lot more people. It’s a real problem…you’ve got endless delivery vehicles and private packages, and more Ubers cruising around and waiting for a fare,” according to Brian Bickell, the boss of West End giant The Shaftesbury Group.