Out-of-hours deliveries are vital, says FTA

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The Freight Transport Association is calling for more flexibility in out-of-hours deliveries in the capital, following the launch of the mayor’s Road Task Force report, by mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The report provides a review of London’s roads, aiming to improve efficiency of movements in the capital.

The FTA called for further measures regarding freight and deliveries in and around London to be discussed.

“Too many deliveries are forced into the morning peak, due to the constraints of night time delivery curfews,” said Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London.

“We need to make better use of London’s road space throughout the day and night. It is crucial that the boroughs work with industry to relax these restrictions and the time is right for a proper review of the London Lorry Control Scheme which restricts the movement of lorries overnight.”

The FTA has launched its own vision highlighting what people can do to support an efficient logistics industry, entitled “Supporting economic growth in London- Efficient Logistics”.

*The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport’s chief executive, Steve Agg said: “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.”

*DHL also fully welcomed the news, with Hugh Basham, director of transport strategy at DHL Supply Chain, saying: “The proposed investment in infrastructure and consideration of alternative transport modes and times will improve congestion and help navigate the challenges associated with London’s roads.

“The Olympics demonstrated the ability of London’s network to cope with change, and the opportunity for shared user dynamic lanes managed by new and advanced technology will play a major part in improving traffic flows.”

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