TfL Freight Policy advisory group meeting

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Van numbers for e-retail look set to rise 50% by 2030

Alex Williams TfL chairing, a more informal setting than a round table to get operator views. With the Mayor elected, the existing transport strategy looks robust, but it seems appropriate to review the COVID impact on transport policy. Van s are expected to grow 30% on the London boundary in relation to home delivery.

Tom Adams update on London traffic and freight trends. Traffic fell at start of pandemic, has grown steadily, but remains around 50% of pre lockdown volume. Tom showed various TfL graphs. At the heart of them, e-retail significant increases and is driving van traffic. Vans crossing London boundary are forecast to grow 50% by 2030 with presumption home style working remains. Looking at other streams of London traffic, IOC raised issue of meal delivery drivers, numbers for meal delivery growing dramatically during lockdown sees a wide variety of two wheel traffic density during lunch period.

Christina Calderato, TfL spoke road user charging. As part of most recent funding with Govt TfL have kept temporary changes in place, any permanent proposals will be subject to consultation. Expansion of ULEZ is arriving 24-7, £12.50 non-compliance charge, TfL believe significant prize will be cleaner air with more compliant vehicles. Four out of 5 seen in the zone are already compliant. For outer London, traffic arriving from outside London is increasing. TfL are looking at a boundary charge and value such as three pounds fifty. Economic impact is under review.

Sam Monck, head of network sponsorship TfL, ‘Streetspace.’ The aim was to restrict growth in traffic and relive pressure on public transport during lockdown, it was about the public health crisis, social distancing, pop up cycle lanes, school streets and probably most contentious, ‘low traffic neighbourhoods.’ TfL are looking at what projects worked and what could be good for future.

Alina Tuerk, TfL, FORS review. Steer appointed for governance, administration and audit under tender, TfL looking to award the contract in August. Key has been to review mission and scheme for the FORS scheme. Safety & environment remains key. More lockdown time, FORS Version 6 aimed at July 2022.

Polyvios Polyviou TfL Freight and Service Action Plan. Integrating freight priority to give the safest, cleanest and most efficient freight transport of any city on the World. Combining, Mayors transport policy, Lonon Plan, London environment strategy. FORS CLOCS DVS all integrated into the vision. As of today 136 DVS permits issued. We are communicating the operating environment for freight with emission zones, reducing the impact of e-commerce. Polyvios showcased DPD Micro hub and the clean air Paxster vehicles as one project getting e-retail delivered with clean air.