Cycle Industry News)
Hayley Everett8 March, 2019
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and TfL have unveiled a new plan to transform how deliveries are made throughout the capital, reducing road danger and helping to clean up London’s toxic air.
A key part of the plan includes offering more click and collect points at tube stations, with Tfl making land available for micro-distribution centres in key locations to support sustainable last mile deliveries to neighbourhoods across the city, including by bike. Online sales have doubled since 2012, with between 200,000-400,000 personal deliveries made to offices in central London every day.
Movements of goods vehicles in the capital have increased by around 20% since 2010, contributing to poor air quality, congestion and road danger. Lorries and vans account for 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 making up only 4% of the miles driven in the capital. Lorries and vans also account for around a third of all nitrogen oxide emissions in the city, having a damaging impact on the health of Londoners.
The Mayor’s Freight and Servicing Action plan aims to reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London during the morning peak by 10% by 2026.