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Sustainable Freight

Better Bankside are working with local authorities and businesses to find sustainable ways to delivery good and services
Amandeep Kellay
Sustainable Travel Manager

Deliveries and servicing are vital to London's economy since 2010 its growth has also led to a 20% increase in goods vehicle movements in the capital. Unfortunately, this has contributed to an air quality crisis in the capital, congestion and road danger. In Bankside many freight movements are made in the morning peak, when there are higher numbers of vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling.

Better Bankside is taking every opportunity to work with member businesses, TfL, Southwark Council, and the freight and servicing industry to reduce the adverse impacts of freight vehicles on the street network. We support the Mayor’s aim to reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London in the morning peak, maintaining healthy streets help our businesses thrive and contribute to continued growth and enrichment of the city.

Recently Better Bankside has been successful in bringing in match funding from Transport for London to tackle this problem, both projects are ongoing.

Personal Deliveries in Bankside

Half of all air pollution comes from road traffic. 35% of all road-based Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions in Greater London are from freight. This chemical in the air is responsible for thousands of premature deaths. 

Thousands of daily trips are associated with Personal Deliveries in the Congestion Charging Zone. For Bankside businesses, personal parcels make up 30 – 60% of all deliveries.

Reducing the number of personal deliveries in central London is key to better air quality in Bankside, with online spending increasing year-on-year, businesses can nudge employees into making better delivery decisions.

Download our fact sheet (on this page) and get in touch with Amandeep Kellay see what you could do. 

Waste Micro-Consolidation Project

Better Bankside’s Maintenance Team, in partnership with Paper Round, are collecting rubbish from businesses using our zero emissions vehicle and transport the waste to Borough Market’s compactor. There will be no changes to the waste collection service and participating businesses. Switching to a zero emissions vehicle will have impacts on the number of trips to and from Bankside by diesel waste vehicles and improve local air quality.

Green Logistics Centre

The Green Logistics Centre is in the early stages of planning and aims to improve the coordination of deliveries and tackle poor air quality by reducing the number of diesel vans operating in the area, especially in the poor air quality areas near Borough High Street.

Freight Forums and Workshops:

Businesses can sometimes find it difficult to find solutions to freight issues and challenges. Through our Freight Forums and Workshops, businesses come together to find innovative solutions to today’s freight challenges. The Freight Forums and Workshops also provide useful information regarding current air quality initiatives by Transport for London and the Greater London Authority, which has a direct impact on local businesses.

The Freight Forums and Workshops meet four times a year and include a range of local stakeholders, including local businesses and landowners.

Our next Freight Forum and Workshop will take place in Q1 2019, download the notes from our past forums on this page.

Check for latest events and briefings on the Events page or sign up to the Better Bankside mailing list.