The London Freight Plan
The planned growth of London will lead to a 15 per cent increase in demand for freight and servicing by 2025. The London Freight Plan aims to coordinate the role of freight in London's growth.
It contains proposals to:
- Deliver improvements for freight in the Capital
- Improve understanding of freight issues
- Address London's transport needs
To implement the proposals, it is essential to develop new ways of working between the wide range of public bodies, businesses and operators with a stake in the freight industry
We've worked closely with a number of partners to develop a plan that will play a vital role in guiding local boroughs' and traffic authorities' freight policies.
Together with the London Sustainable Distribution Partnership and leading sector bodies, including the Freight Transport Association, we've produced the London Freight Plan.
Although the plan has no statutory force, it has been developed to realise the Mayor's Transport Strategy, which is a statutory document.
The programme is funded by Transport for London and a wide range of partners, including:
We're working hard to ensure the freight sector is sustainable. This means looking at economic, social and environmental issues - which is why the London Freight Plan concentrates on finding ways to:
- Match or exceed environmental standards set out in regulations - including those aimed at reducing CO2, improving air quality, and minimising the effect of fly-tipping and accidental spillages
- Ensure freight businesses are run efficiently - reducing unnecessary journeys, shortening distance covered, and minimising empty running.
- Comply with labour, transport and human rights standards - making sure that a safe, healthy environment is maintained for employees and the general public
- Make efforts to minimise the negative impact that freight vehicles can have on local communities
The plan identifies four key projects to deliver freight in London more sustainably:
- Freight Operator Recognition Scheme. This helps members increase operational efficiency, to reduce C02 emissions, congestion, collisions and operator costs. It links with training for drivers and managers that promotes safer and more fuel efficient operations through better driver behaviour
- Delivery and Servicing Plans (DSPs). These increase operational efficiency of buildings by improving relationships between building operators and their supply chain
- Construction Logistics Plans (CLPs). These have similar objectives to DSPs but focus on the design and construction phases of premises
- Freight Information Portal. This will help London's public authorities and freight operators exchange information about:
- Reducing operators' administrative costs
- Enhance freight journey planning
- Improving operational efficiency
- Encouraging better driver behaviour, the use of alternative fuels and the uptake of low-carbon vehicles