TfL Freight Forum at Palestra London SE1, July 3rd

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Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner, TfL keynote Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner, TfL keynote

 Not a seat left in the house for July sunshine freight forum at TfL Palestra House for July 3rd with opening keynote by Mike Brown.

ULEZ compliance impact and Vision Zero road to safety with 59 road deaths so far this year this year

Julian Allen asked the low-powered two-wheel accident question.

IOC continue to point out there is no challenge of understanding the Highway Code for a rider delivering food; a CBT is compulsory, but you don’t have to pass the theory test to ride on the road while making a living.

Freight is essential, we have made great progress, safety must always be our top priority. I am committed to deliver Vision Zero for our city.


TfL only controls 5% of the road network, but TfL have a responsibility across the whole city. So far this year 59 people have been killed on London's roads. You have been instrumental in driving safety forwards, but data still shows HGVs are involved in a disproportionate number of accidents. We want to see every vehicle using our roads is safe and compliant. We can’t act alone.

TfL are producing the Direct Vision standard; this ground-breaking scheme has received input and scrutiny from many of you. To support Vision Zero we intend to make all our roads twenty mph by next summer. Data shows the faster a vehicle goes the more likely a collision, faster the vehicle travels the more injury occurs.

Air pollution: we all have a responsibility for clean air, since ULEZ compliance has been much higher than expected and that’s making impact on the most polluted areas of the City. ULEZ expands to outer London for Oct 2021. It’s time to take action for safety on our roads.

TfL has prioritised safety; we stand ready to share our data to investigate trends. I want you to identify ways you can help to support Vision Zero. Freight is crucial to the success of London, we will only succeed by working together.



ULEZ update Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL

23 million scrappage for SMEs and charities,

‘we want to give the money away.’

Clean air (Euro 6) Compliance rates for all vehicles went from 39% Feb 2017 to 74% for May 2019. Vans went from 9% compliant in Feb 2017 to over half of all vans compliant by May 2019, that’s 54%.’ HGVs changed more than any other group, they went from 40% to 87%. Moving vehicles around national fleets clearly had an impact on this number.

It's good news but there is more we can do. It’s about improving air quality, we don’t expect data until around Sept on the air quality. Data collection is complex and we need to see the air settle down, the impact takes time to measure.

Van scrappage scheme was unsuccessful, Govt did not allocate funds to London, this was not helpful, however 23 million pounds has been aimed at SMEs and charities by the Mayor.

ULEZ, LEZ and expansion of ULEZ in 2021 accumulates to deliver clean air for London. ULEZ was a big step, probably the most regulatory step to clean air in the World.


Gerry Ward John Lewis asked, ‘What enforcement was been taking on foreign trucks in the ULEZ compliance zone?


Recent HGV fatality analysis

Stuart Reid, Director of Vision Zero, TfL

3 elderly people killed crossing in front of HGVs this year.

We are committed to Vision Zero, it's important, it’s an ethical principle, it's intimately related to the wider policies of TfL, we are committed to increasing the share of commuting to walking and cycling. This morning I want to share recent data. Between 2015 and 2017 there were 123 fatalities and 985 serious injuries involving goods vehicles on London's streets.

2012 to 2017 data for 96 police investigation reports summarised a disproportionate number of construction vehicles involved in fatal collisions. Looking through the lens of the injured parties, half of fatalities occurred when a vehicle was making a left turn, a significant number of freight vehicles were travelling less than ten mph. In 2019 three elderly people have already been killed at the front of a HGV, crossing in its blind spot.

In order to achieve Vision Zero we must continue to work in partnership to reduce the risk that HGVs pose, while raising awareness of HGV danger to those most affected. End of July will be Zero week, TFL will showcase the importance of Vision Zero and we welcome you to support, use the platform to tell us what you are doing.


Tom, City of London Corporation asked, ‘Do we have data on what time accidents are happening? How does it match with London lorry control scheme?


Julian Allen, Univ of Westminster, ‘Does TfL have any programme to support low-powered two-wheelers making food deliveries?’ IOC have recognised that riders of low-powered two-wheelers must take a CBT, but do not need to complete a theory test, such riders may have very limited knowledge of the Highway Code while working for a living on the roads of London.


Spotlight update on DVS and the HGV permit.

Alina Tuerk, Delivery Planning Manager, TfL

Direct Vision Standard & the HGV safety permit. If your vehicle is over 'twelve ones' you will need a permit. The application process is electronic. The scheme goes live in Oct 2019, based on vehicle safety measured from zero to five stars. In Oct 2020 zero-star vehicles will be banned and by Oct 2024 0-2 star vehicles will be banned. If you don’t meet the star ratting you will be required to fit safe systems to get your vehicles to the star ratting they need. Blind spot cameras, close proximity sensors, side under run protection, danger signage and audible turn alert systems are part of the star rating system.

Graham Thomas, Ocado asked, ‘What is being done to standardise these regulations across different authorities?



Land Use for freight. ‘Multi-storey is coming.’

Neil Impiazzi, Director, SEGRO

‘The London Plan must recognise the importance of the industrial and logistics sector. If you have more building space than yard you are forcing parking on the road. There needs to be innovation through multi-storey and mixed use. Loss of industrial land for higher value use is a key challenge. Our customers are facing significant challenge, Inner London has lost seven times the industrial land that was forecast. Dealing with e-commerce, the location of distribution centres as being pushed further out of London.

David talked about the Hayes, former Nestle site, residential and commercial together. ‘It took three years to get planning, we are onsite, it has two separate access routes, one for commercial and a separate one for the residential. 1400 homes, three hectares of green space, 7 mins walk to station will help recruitment for the commercial space. Challenge of noise impact, commercial to residential has taken us to single aspect for the residentials.

Let me talk about the SEGRO report, 10 recommendations for the GLA, SEGRO took the opportunity to influence the London Plan to focus on the freight sector in line with growth of house building. More than 600 thousand new homes over the next ten years, this will need construction traffic, then it will need infrastructure and freight movement for the future.



Efficient Part 1 and Part 2

TfL freight forum for July had a two-part efficiency of supply chain showcase, first up was NHS, a new consolidation centre for Guys and St Thomas, second, supply chain efficiency reviewed the mode switch for rail.


NHS freight delivery and servicing model

David Lawson, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Hospitals of St Thomas and Guys on the South Side of the Thames, our supply chain is complicated by need of multiple occupants. 1 delivery every three minutes, 160 plus deliveries a day, every three minutes. 1 million parcels, we generate 2000 tons of waste packaging, one thousand cages of cardboard a week.

Case studies looking at the space development plan for St Thomas and the Waterloo Station location and Guys in the shadow of the Shard, a very compact space. Looking at the patient experience, the North Wing has one delivery to the lift every ten minutes. We are looking at a new model with a consolidation centre, yard space for trucks and warehouse space. The new model will reduce congestion at the hospital sites and deal with packaging.


Rail freight - ‘Rail can deliver into the heart of the city.’

Nick Gallop, owner of Intermodal, ‘Railways are good at big freight, but rail can deliver into the heart of the city, minimising the leg by road. Express services can average linehaul speeds to London of 80mph. Where electrification permits, scope now exists for door-to-door zero-emission logistics using cycle and EV van final mile.’ ‘A rail-based distribution network, direct overnight off-peak into central London from national or regional distribution centres connected by rail. Six to seven hundred cages per train into the heart of London and you can sort en-route.’ Nick explained case studies for TNT at Euston and Farm Drop using spare space on passenger trains. ‘Hot off the press InterCity is trialling medical logistics, train is faster than a blue light across the country.’


TFL freight Breakout session to look at Customer behaviour change

Introduced by Tom Rice, TfL to close the TFL July freight forum.


1. What top 3 customer actions would help enable a more efficient and so greener delivery?

2. Are there opportunities for [your] business or organisations to encourage or ‘nudge’ customers/employees/consumers to take these actions?

3. What steps has your business or organisation already taken? What are your ambitions for the future? And what do you need customers/employees/consumers to do to help you achieve those ambitions?



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