Cross River Partnership launches last mile delivery collaboration tool

Cross River Partnership (CRP) has launched a new webpage that enables collaboration between logistics companies and landowners in Central London, to establish new last mile delivery hubs.

The Urban Logistic Hub webpage was established in response to an increased demand for deliveries in urban areas, following the Coronavirus pandemic.

CRP says logistics hubs, and their use by delivery companies, directly supports the rationalisation of goods and the use of low and zero emission vehicles, which will be vital for compliance with future air quality and carbon regulations.

Laura Jacklin, CRP senior project officer, said: "We are excited to announce the launch of the Urban Logistics Hub webpage and build on last year’s Potential Urban Logistics Hubs study. We hope this map will show partners and stakeholders the potential for collaboration on sustainable logistic plans, whilst improving air quality and decreasing congestion in central London. We look forward to seeing the innovative projects that will come from the webpage and interactive map.”

CRP’s engagement with Local Authorities, Landowners, and Business Improvement Districts has identified an initial 29 central London sites that have potential to be used as urban logistics hubs. These sites include car parks, empty railway arches, garages and industrial units.

The Urban Logistics Hub webpage displays the approved potential logistics hub sites in an easy-to-navigate interactive map, essentially bridging the gap between site owner and logistics provider.

It is hoped that more sites will be identified through CRP’s recently launched Defra-funded Clean Air Villages 4 (CAV4) project, which aims to deliver ambitious freight solutions for a clean air business recovery from COVID-19 in collaboration with 26 partners.

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