100 attend TfL Freight forum - Wed July 14th 2021

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Hot off the press – today's keynote summaries.

TfL report e-retail numbers growth for London lockdown.

Congestion charge – ULEZ expansion – lockdown road space – DVS – e-scooters and the 12.5 mph limit for London trial.



IOC bring you red-hot, hold the front-page summary of this morning's TfL freight forum, with a hundred freight folk signed-in for the virtual showcase keynotes of all things London freight - from congestion charge to ULEZ expansion.

Graphs and numbers detailing the city roads during lockdown and road use changed in comparison to the economy across other sectors.

The world is looking at Freedom Day July 19th change and how it will impact road space.



Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, TfL

‘Cycle use is a key growth of lockdown change.’

In the shadow of change, (July 19th – Freedom Day on Monday) Alex Williams took the helm for TfL, chairing the virtual freight forum event, he opened with a vision for ‘Key trends’ ‘There are a lot more cyclists on the roads from lockdown.’ During the questions Alex, looking at express final mile to home, ‘we are able to set up conversation with boroughs for delivery consolidation space.’ Asked about electric cargo bikes, ‘clearly more are on the streets and more cycles during lockdown.’ ‘Aware that many cars have joined the fleets to deliver to door.’

At the moment DfT do not appear to be looking at a national road charging scheme.

Zero emission central London 2025 is in the London mayor’s policy.



Claire Cheriyan, Streets Analysis Manager, City Planning, TfL

Freight Traffic remains below normal conditions – we are watching closely July 19th’


Claire took a big data look at London traffic and freight trends as we emerge from lockdown and post July 19th. ‘Today, we are still below normal conditions. Goods vehicle numbers have lagged behind the car trend, all eyes are on next week to see post July 19th. Associated data including total construction output has shown connection to road density. Online shopping remain higher than pre-pandemic. Home working has seen a fall in servicing and delivery to London office space. Spatial difference in Central London compared to outer London, but trajectory expected to change post July 19th.


Christina Calderato, Head of Transport Strategy and Planning, City Planning, TfL

Congestion charge and London Boundary charge.

Congestion charge on exemptions and temporary changes during lockdown, 15 pounds daily charge introduced June 2020. TfL have instructed consultants Jacobs to review. The Mayor asked for a feasibility study on a Greater London Boundary charge, broadly a £3.50 daily charge for non-London registered vehicles with a £2 emissions surcharge. Arup asked to look at wider impact of the charge. Moving to ULEZ, 24 hours a day and expands to north and south circular October this year. Euro 4 for petrol and Euro 6 for diesel. Christina urged everyone to check their vehicle for compliance with the zone.


Jason Ross, Road Risk Manager, Compliance, Policing, Operations & Security, TfL

TfL’s roadside enforcement regime. Jason. ‘My role is to look at compliance, security and safety. For DVS audible left turn is the biggest failure of compliance. Jason, explaining Direct Vision Standard (DVS). Measure, rating and application, DVS is operating across most of GLA. ANPR is the primary check using existing infrastructure. CPOS working with Police to identify zero star rated vehicles. Enforcement of DVS starts with star rating check, if zero rated checks are made, if a component is faulty or missing its logged as a fail. If a vehicle is operating in breach we issue a 21 day revocation notice, giving time to address and apply for a new permit. Compliance is going up, audible left turn is the biggest issue at the moment.


Sam Weller, Principal City Planner, City Planning, TfL

The lower the driver in the cab the more monocular vision.

Adding to the DVS discussion. Sam, ‘I am project lead for DVS phase two planning, we have a remit to make vehicles safer. DVS is based on the monocular vision of the driver and what the driver is able to see, the lower the driver the more monocular their vision. Project aim for phase two is Oct 2024. By Oct 2023, latest we will publish the project for implementation.


London’s rental e-scooter trial Lizzy Gaden, Future Mobility Programme Manager TfL,

7th June 2021 the trial began. ‘London trial limited to 12.5mph’

Lizzy Gaden, stakeholder and contracts manager for London rental of e-scooter trial. ‘The rental trial launched with DfT legalising trials July 4th 2020. Nov 2020 procurement began, Spring 2021 contracts awarded. 7th June 2021 12-month trial began with operators, Lime, Dott and TIER. To use the scooters it’s a phone app process, checking 18 plus, first rider training and license verification. The trial is live in eight boroughs including Ealing, Richmond, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington, City of London Lambeth amongst them. Speed limit for the trial is set at 12.5 mph, all scooters have ID numbers, big wheels (12 inch diameter) and an easy to access audible bell.


A brief look at the graphs

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