Operating in London and other cities


The freight industry plays an essential role in the success of London’s economy. As the leading global financial centre, London relies on fast and efficient logistics to deliver documents and supplies; keeping the city thriving 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Supporting economic growth in London - efficient logistics

Without an efficient logistics sector, shops would run out of products, hospitals out of medication, cash machines out of cash and our workshops out of widgets. Anything which makes it more difficult to deliver or collect goods leads to an increased cost of doing business in London. And increased costs increase the price of goods in shops – raising the cost of living for Londoners.

This document identifies the priorities for London Government to help improve the quality and cost efficiency of logistics as a key way to help improve London’s economy.

View Supporting economic growth in London - Efficient logistics

Mayoral Election Manifesto 2016

FTA delivered its ‘London Elections 2016 – Freight Manifesto’ to the Mayoral candidates on 23 March 2016 along with a box of trucks illustrating how many freight vehicles it would take to build and furnish an average sized three bedroom house. In the Manifesto, FTA outlines how all London’s needs require freight movements and looks closely at the example of housing, stating that in order to build just one house at least 34 commercial vehicles are required. We also urged the candidates to avoid simplistic blanket approaches such as hgv bans, saying that such a policy would massively increase the cost of doing business in London – especially construction – without achieving the safety gains assumed. We emphasised that while freight has social costs in terms of accidents and emissions these are being addressed through investment in new technology, better driving practices and better enforcement of existing regulations.

View FTA's London Elections 2016 - Freight Manifesto

London lorry control scheme

The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) - or the London Lorry Ban as it's often referred to - was set up in 1986 to reduce the disturbance caused to residents by heavy lorries at night and weekends.

During the hours of operation, lorries over 18 tonnes are required to maximise use of the exempt route network and minimise use of the restricted network. The requirements of the LLCS lead to long diversions, resulting in increased emissions and increased cost to industry, estimated to exceed £30 million a year.

Campaigning to relax the LLCS

We're campaigning for a relaxation of the LLCS as night deliveries help alleviate congestion during the day, and technological advances over the last 18 years have led to a huge decrease in lorry noise levels and emissions.

Case studies for the exempt route network

You may find the following case studies useful in working out the extra mileage and cost involved in using the exempt route network, as well as the environmental impact in terms of additional carbon dioxide emissions.

View our LLCS case study (PDF)
View our exempt route network case study (PDF)

Use the downloadable documents and links below for additional information on London operations.

TfL Freight Journey Planner

TfL has developed a Freight Journey Planner to help operators with their London routes. The tool is free to use and you can register your details if you wish to save your journey and vehicle information.

Scottish cities

Read Supporting Economic Growth in Scotland's Cities (PDF)

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