The quarterly TLB Green Network Breakfast ‘Moving Towards
Sustainable Movement’ took place on April 17th, providing a forum for lively debate between attendees. Speakers from Transport for London, Tideway, Steer Davies Gleave and Zedify provided food for thought on how strategies, large-scale programmes and
smaller everyday business focused solutions are all crucial elements of
reducing the impact of servicing and deliveries.
Transport for London
Transport for London’s freight team introduced the scale of
the problem in London linked to population increase and poor air quality. One
headline target is to reduce the number of morning peak deliveries in central London
by 10% by 2026. Given this number is currently on the rise, it's going to take concerted efforts from businesses to turn the corner.
London Bridge-based company Tideway, is already a quarter way through building a new super-sewer in the Thames – a 7.2m-wide pipe which is wider than a tube line. The project is committed to using the river to transport the majority of its cargo, which will save an estimated 280,000 vehicle journeys in London. It will demonstrate how the Thames can once again be a working river.
Steer Davies Gleave
Steer Davies Gleave went on to present results from working with a group of large London Bridge workplaces through the freight forum. The results are providing cleaner ways of receiving personal deliveries (www.clickcollect.london), removing peak-hour deliveries, and consolidation of suppliers – for example, by new retail outlets in the station.
Finally, Zedify showed how cycling is providing a solution to business deliveries, now working in the City, Waltham Forest and Cambridge. Vehicles are closed and secure, and the service tends to be quicker than motor-vehicles, competitive in price, pays the Living Wage – all with zero emission
We look forward to seeing you at the next Green Network Event on
Wednesday 18 July (venue and topic TBC - if you have a topic you'd like us to discuss, please e-mail Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
London Bridge aims has an ambitious vision to be
“one of the greenest, most beautiful,
environmentally sensitive and civic-minded business districts in the world”.
The Green Network helps us achieve this by bringing together London Bridge
businesses and partners to hear about best practice and harness local knowledge
and interests in diverse areas of sustainability.
Team London Bridge is working with Better
Bankside as part of the Low Emissions Neighbourhood, supported by the Mayor of
London, aimed at reducing emissions on main roads and enhancing and promoting
quieter routes through improved public realm.