Better Bankside is delighted to announce funding awarded by TfL to deliver a green logistics centre. The green logistics centre aims to improve the co-ordination of deliveries and tackle poor air quality by reducing the number of diesel vans operating in the area. Better Bankside is one of only six business groups awarded a share of funding for innovative projects that make freight and deliveries more efficient across London - reducing traffic, easing congestion and improving air quality.
Deliveries and servicing are vital to London's economy, since 2010 its growth has also led to a 20% increase in goods vehicle movements in the capital. Unfortunately, this has contributed to an air quality crisis in the capital, congestion and road danger. In Bankside many freight movements are made in the morning peak, when there are a higher numbers of vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling.
Better Bankside is taking every opportunity to work with member businesses, TfL, Southwark Council and the freight and servicing industry to reduce the adverse impacts of freight vehicles on the street network. We support the Mayor’s aim to reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London in the morning peak, maintaining healthy streets help our businesses thrive and contribute to continued growth and enrichment of the city.
This is the second round of funding Better Bankside has received from TfL's Deliveries Reduction Fund. In round one we were awarded £17,000 to pilot a waste micro-consolidation scheme which is now up and running and has already had an impact on the number of diesel vehicle trips made in Bankside. Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander visited Borough Market recently to learn more about the project.
Donald Hyslop, Chair of Better Bankside and Borough Market, said: 'Better Bankside has a reputation for innovation in improving the daily lives of workers and local communities in central London. TfL's funding for this pilot project has enabled us to test new ways of addressing the issue of air quality, something 79% of our local businesses told us they wanted Better Bankside to prioritise. Working in partnership with Borough Market, we've already been able to reduce the number of diesel vehicle trips on the road in Bankside by 70 per week. I hope in the future this successful and important initiative can be further developed in our area and across London.'
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: 'We have no option but to be smarter in how our streets work. With London's population growing, congestion is not only costly and inefficient for London's businesses, but has a damaging knock-on effect on air quality and our environment. I'm delighted that we are partnering with London's business groups to fund innovative projects that will reduce the impact of the growing number of deliveries and collections we're seeing across the capital. Working with businesses, the roll out of these schemes will not only keep our city moving, but improve our health, and improve quality of life for everyone.'
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