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Construction logistics plans are an important management tool for planners, developers and all parties involved in the planning process for construction work. They are an effective way of reducing the negative effects of construction work such as congestion, pollution and noise that may affect local communities, residents, businesses and the environment.
Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we ran trials of out-of-hours deliveries in partnership with local boroughs, the Freight Transport Association and the Noise Abatement Society. Although the studies were aimed at preparing for the Games, they still offer best practice examples for regular freight operations.
Our research into visibility from heavy goods vehicles highlights the importance of choosing the right vehicle for working in urban environments such as London. This research is being used to influence the design and purchase of safer, lower vehicles with improved direct vision.
Moving freight by bike improves air quality, frees up road space and creates safer environments for everyone to walk and cycle. This study explains the benefits, challenges and opportunities for cycle freight and includes case studies.
For the transport of goods and materials on the waterways to take pace, suitable and effective methods of handling it at the origin and destination are necessary. This summary explains the most appropriate equipment for this task to ensure that cargoes are transferred between the wharf and craft quickly, safely and economically.
HGVs that are non-compliant with regulations and road laws may be more dangerous than those which are fully compliant. In 2015, we commissioned research to understand the level and reasons behind regulatory non-compliance of HGVs operating in London. The research showed unacceptably high level of reported and observed non-compliance by HGV operations in London:
We are helping road freight operators to adopt safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly practices through the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme. This offers operators benefits to help them improve their performance.