Transport for London (TfL) will be funding five projects across London to reduce freight vehicle movements on roads and to boost cycle freight.
TfL will be investing £170,000 to help five London business groups to make supply chains and deliveries more efficient and reduce congestion in the city. The money from TfL will be matched by each of the groups.
Deliveries and servicing are vital to London's economy but goods vehicle movements in the capital have increased by around 20% since 2010 contributing to poor air quality, congestion and road danger, TfL said.
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.
The mayor of London announced his aim to reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London in the morning peak by 10% by 2026 as part of the Freight and Servicing Action Plan in March 2019.
The TfL funding will be used to establish a new freight hub in Hammersmith to receive and sort deliveries for local businesses at a single location, reducing the number of freight vehicles needed to service the area.
Waste consolidation sites will be established in Aldgate’s Petticoat Lane Market and Hatton Garden to reduce the number of waste vehicle movements by collection from a single location and a single preferred supplier will be appointed to carry out the collection.
The focus will be on cycling in Bermondsey and Streatham, with investment made in shared cargo bike schemes to enable SMEs to replace cars and vans with cycle freight.
The schemes will help businesses to adapt to the Ultra Low Emission Zone which came into effect earlier this month, by enabling them to switch to cleaner alternatives and reduce the use of vans and lorries.
In September 2018, a waste consolidation centre was established in business improvement district Better Bankside, using a previous round of TfL funding and enabled participating businesses to reduce their nitrogen oxide emissions from waste collection by 97%.
Emily Herreras-Griffiths, TfL's travel demand management programme director, said: “We've seen from our work with businesses across the capital the value that small changes to the way that deliveries and other services are made can bring.
“Using the same suppliers as your neighbour and embracing alternatives such as cycle freight can cut congestion, clean up our air and save money. We're really pleased to be working with these business groups to invest in areas across London,” she said.
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