The London Assembly Transport Committee has written a series of recommendations to the Mayor of London that will ensure safer and more efficient freight travel in the capital.
It urges Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) to “show leadership in working with the freight sector and other stakeholders to reduce the impact of freight traffic in London and improve the efficiency of the sector.”
A number of recommendations were made that will improve London’s freight travel; TfL should reinstate a dedicated freight team that can work with teams throughout the organisation, as well as external stakeholders to “deliver a holistic freight strategy.”
This is particularly important given the Mayor’s Vision Zero commitment in the capital which is dedicated to eradicating collisions that cause deaths and serious collisions.
By working together with a team dedicated to freight travel, the London Assembly Transport Committee believe the risk of collisions will be reduced further.
Caroline Pidgeo MBE AM, Chair of the Transport Committee, said: “The efficient movement of freight around London is an important part of London’s economy. However, there is a fine balance between economic benefits and environmental impacts.
“Many deliveries, particularly last mile, contribute to congestion on the capital’s roads. It’s important that other modes of transport to move freight across the capital are used far more, such as the river or rail.
“The Committee has made a number of recommendations for TfL to consider for their forthcoming Freight and Servicing Action Plan.”
Other recommendations include asking TfL to work with London councils in the review of the London Lorry Control Scheme to achieve a system that gives greater flexibility to freight transport outside of peak hours, while protecting Londoners from road danger and noise.
TfL should assess the potential to use river, rail or canals to move freight; conduct research to understand the growth of LGVs in London and the reliance on these; and provide resource for officers to work closely with boroughs so a joined-up approach to freight across the capital can be used.