Cross River Partnership (CRP) have launched their exciting new Urban Logistics Hub webtool, which seeks to facilitate collaboration between sustainable freight logistics companies and landowners across central London. Developed in response to a recent study, entitled ‘The Potential for Urban Logistics Hubs in Central London’, the Urban Logistics Hub’s main mapping functionalities allows local authorities and landowners to advertise their vacant spaces to prospective freight and logistics companies, thus creating sustainable logistics hubs which is likely to decrease the amount of ‘last mile’ journeys.
One impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent lockdowns in the UK, has been the acceleration of the UK’s reliance on online delivery systems, which has ultimately increased in deliveries in urban areas. The CRP aims to restructure this by providing an opportunity for the urban logistics sector to use their logistics hubs, which directly support the rationalisation of goods and the use of low or zero emission vehicles. With the expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone expected later this year, the CRP’s new tool will help the urban logistics sector adapt to more stringent climate policies in London – including contributing towards London becoming a zero carbon city by 2030.
Thus far, the CRP has identified 29 central London sites that have the potential to be used as urban logistics hubs. Such sites include disused railway arches, car parks, industrial sites, and garages. Over the next few months, CRP will be adding additional functionality to their webtool, demonstrating the potential for rapid charging hubs, and exploring possible links with future river freight logistics.
Landowners and local authorities can express interest in advertising their sites on the map, and logistics firms can request particular sites to occupy by filling in the CRP contact form on the webpage or emailing CRP directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CRP expresses gratitude towards Central London Sub-Regional Transport Partnership and Transport for London for providing funding for the tool. For more information please contact Laura Jacklin at email@example.com.