Transport for London (TfL) and the Mayor of London have teamed up to launch London FreightLab to develop different ways to tackle issues associated with freight.
London FreightLab is one of three challenge as part of the Mayor’s Civic Innovation Challenge, which brings together the public and private sector in the capital with tech companies to identify and develop solutions to the city’s most pressing problems.
It is fitting that London FreightLab is one of the challenges given the industry’s importance to London’s economy, delivering good and services across the city.
However, action is required given the fact that over the last decade, the number of goods vehicles has increased by about one fifth, which in turn can contribute to road congestion, increased risks to safety, and poor air quality.
As part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, the city is aiming to reduce van and lorry use during the morning peak by 10% within the next six years, and London FreightLab will offer funding, land sites and subject matter expertise during pilot stage for up to six innovative ideas that could be developed and tested through the initiative.
Michael Hurwitz, TfL’s Director of Transport Innovation, commented: “We want to work with the best market innovators from start-ups to corporates to help solve some of the key challenges that London faces.
“Freight is essential to London’s economy, but as the number of vans and lorries on our streets continues to go up, so does pollution, congestion and road danger.
“We believe innovative new ideas could make a real difference in reducing the impact of freight movements on the capital and this is why we’d like to encourage as many companies as possible to collaborate with us to do this.”
Innovators are being invited to take part in this challenge, with a deadline of 5 February for entries.