A new report has detailed the best approach to marine and landside infrastructure in London to transport more parcels by river and reduce carbon emissions.
The Port of London Authority, Cross River Partnership and Transport for London (TfL) have released the report to meet growing demand to reduce the transport of small goods by road. The project aims to moderate traffic in central London while still providing a “sustainable and financially viable delivery solution”.
The guidance includes suggestions to utilise existing pier infrastructure and increase e-cargo bikes on and near Thames-side piers. The advice is available for e-cargo transport and light freight industries to help improve air quality in the city.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport Seb Dance stated: “Moving more light freight off the road and onto the Thames will not only cut emissions, but will also enable businesses to benefit from the reliability of river deliveries. This new guidance will help to tap into the potential of the River Thames.”
Alina Tuerk, TfL’s Head of Roads, Freight Strategy and Planning, added: “We will continue to work closely with our industry partners, businesses and boroughs across the capital to ensure a greener freight and servicing future.”
Other steps have been taken to increase transport via the river, including by Lyreco. The reseller was involved in the London Light Freight River Trial – beginning in February – first to deliver to the Thames bankside area, then around the capital.
By taking part in the trial, Lyreco has taken one delivery vehicle off the road. The reseller added that bringing goods into central London via the Thames is “proven to emit less than half the carbon of road transport”.
The complete guidelines are available here.