Urban Freight Agenda
Urban areas depend on freight. Businesses and homes, hospitals and schools all rely on fast and efficient logistics to deliver the goods and services they need to operate and live, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The economic health of our town centres is under particular threat from internet shopping and out-of-town retail and entertainment options. To remain competitive, city centre businesses need many things, one of which is a cost efficient and effective way of getting their goods to them. Increased costs increase the disadvantage they face.
In order to support economic growth, our members need the following from central and local government:
1. Increase in loading/unloading availability in centres.
2. Co-operative approach on parking fines – resulting in reduced Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) for members.
3. Provide access to bus lanes for freight.
4. Provide effective signage for freight movements.
5. Night-time deliveries on a quiet basis to be available on a flexible basis.
6. Give support for innovative logistics projects – eg consolidation centres (without compulsion on use).
7. Allow and enable hgv rest stops to operate in the area, avoiding conflict with load/unloading sites.
8. Support increasing the availability of alternative fuel for hgvs– eg gas refuelling sites.
9. Water and rail-side access to be preserved to allow local alternative mode deliveries where possible.
10. Public transport development to target reduction in car movements on roads at busy times.
11. Protect and enhance traffic flow to ensure continued ability to serve the local business community:
- 20mph zones to be targeted to key areas and not to conflict with major freight routes
- Improved cycling infrastructure not to reduce available road space disproportionately and thus compromise ability to serve the area
12. Simplistic, expensive, blanket approaches to emissions reduction such as low emissions zones to be avoided.
13. Hgv movements not to be restricted via weight or dimension restrictions or other methods unless absolutely essential.
14. Road safety for all to be improved through enhanced infrastructure and signage.
15. The importance of freight to be reflected in all relevant local authority policy statements, especially planning policy.
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