The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) welcomes the fact that, for the first time in living memory, London has an inclusive plan to get the best out of its road network for everyone who uses its infrastructure. The Institute holds a unique position in representing all those designing, delivering and using London’s road network; it therefore applauds the Mayor’s Road Task Force’s holistic vision for improving London’s roads to ensure the most efficient movement of freight and people. The new plan addresses the needs of all users, from buses and motorists to local residents, cyclists, retailers and freight and services providers.
CILT’s Chief Executive, Steve Agg FCILT, a member of the task force charged with drawing up a vision to improve the performance of London’s road network to create a more ‘liveable’ city, says that this is the first time that road freight has had ‘a place at the table’, as an integral part of the vision to improve life in London.
Drawing on the recommendations of the CILT’s influential recent report Maintaining Momentum: The Summer 2012 Logistics Legacy, the Roads Task Force is recommending a package of measures designed to improve the way freight traffic is managed in the capital that will enable deliveries to be retimed outside peak hours, with well-managed access for freight to support businesses, thereby reducing congestion and improving safety for all road users.
Steve Agg says: "The role of freight transport in keeping London moving during the Olympics was vital, and this was not forgotten with the formation of the new Task Force. Roads and the movement of people, freight and services are essential to the economic success of London – a city where people live, work and play."
Central to the Task Force’s vision for freight transport in the Capital are measures to re-time deliveries by HGVs and freight out of peak hours, as seen during the London 2012 Games, and switching some deliveries to vans, bikes or powered two wheelers.
Other measures to be taken forward include ensuring efficient road links and reducing ‘pinch points’ at key junctions. These steps will support businesses, including tradesmen and small businesses reliant on vans, as well as access to suppliers and markets.
CILT also welcomes the introduction of more intelligent systems and technology, to reduce delays at traffic signals, smooth traffic flows and provide road users with the best possible real-time information to help plan journeys.
The Institute also applauds the Task Force Report’s call for even greater sustainability, embracing ‘next generation’ travel demand, encouraging a greater shift to more sustainable modes such as walking, cycling and powered two wheelers.
Steve Agg adds: "Coupled with existing plans for rail investment such as Crossrail 2, this is a great opportunity to get the balance right between the movement of goods and people, and establishing a sense of place."