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LaMiLo partners take on the last mile challenge at Urban Freight event in London

7 October 2014

Logistics experts, researchers and third sector organisations came together on 26 September in London to discuss why the ‘last mile’ of a freight journey is emerging as a major challenge and how technology can help reduce the impacts of freight movement in cities.

Urban logistics is vital to the effective operation of businesses, ensuring timely deliveries, supplying the retail economy and critical to the overall success of our cities. Managing urban goods distribution for an increasingly demanding “24/7” society is a growing challenge. In some European cities such as London, virtually all deliveries of goods into the central area are made using road transport, whilst the rail network remains largely unused by the industry.

Titled “Urban Freight – The Last Mile Challenge for Cities”, the event enabled logistics experts from across the sector to discuss ideas and share best practice to help minimise the environmental consequences of urban freight and maximise its potential to boost economic growth in the city. Delegates also explored how policy and planning interventions can help encourage and accelerate positive change. Several LaMiLo partners also provided an overview of the practical pilots they are undertaking across Europe through the project to show how solutions are being explored in real situations, including:

• The London Borough of Camden presented the multi-borough consolidation centre pilot based in Edmonton;

• Intermodality, a management consultancy specialising in transport planning, property development and logistics presented a number of rail freight activities and opportunities in the UK;

• Eco2city’s Binnenstadtservice (BSS) presented solutions for deliveries in city centres in the Netherlands;

• The Green Link, a last mile logistics provider, showcased their solutions to similar challenges in Paris, France.

Presentations were also given by Centro, Transport Systems Catapult, Transport for London, University of Southampton, as well as representatives from the Campaign for Better Transport, Outspoken! Delivery and TTR Ltd.

For more information on the event click here.

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