Diverting heavy goods vehicles away from the city centre to a central depot in Perth, Scotland
The original scope of the trial was to deliver an edge of town consolidation centre where bulk freight would be broken down into smaller units, for onward delivery into the city centre using low-emission vehicles.
In order to deliver the consolidation centre, the partners, Tactran and Perth and Kinross Council, considered that the consolidation centre should be operated by a private sector logistics operator. A competitive dialogue procedure inviting tenders from logistics operators was undertaken in 2013. However, the procedure did not result in a successful bid.
This was followed by a direct approach to logistics operators with known experience in consolidation. A direct dialogue was initiated with a logistics operator who eventually cited geographical “barriers” as one of the main reasons for not getting involved in the project.
Considering the time scales involved with the procurement process, the partners deemed that it would not be feasible to pursue an alternative procurement process for the consolidation centre.
The partners are currently pursuing a business development approach to establishing a logistics service centre.