Cross River Partnership (CRP) has published its report into potential sites in London for logistics hubs, which would enable more sustainable last mile freight delivery options.
There is strong demand for space for urban logistics operations in central London, CRP says, particularly with the large rise in the number of deliveries to consumer locations since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March last year.
However, landowners can find it difficult to identify available sites and urban logistics operators might not be making it clear what they are looking for.
To help address this challenge, the report identifies 29 sites across central London that could be used as urban logistics hubs.
CRP recommends that stakeholders should collaborate to identify the next steps for bringing the highest ranked sites into operation as urban logistics hubs.
It also suggests that a centralised list of suitable sites for use as urban logistics hubs should be maintained and a process for identifying more sites in the future should be developed.
Given the substantial costs of buying/leasing space in central London, opportunities to provide funding support to smaller/micro-logistics operators should also continue to be pursued, it says.
Read the full report here: The Potential of Urban Logistics Hubs in Central London.