IN A move likely to be a blue print for future city delivery logistics, the City of London Corporation has approved a plan by Amazon to get parcels off the roads in the city centre.
The Planning and Transportation Committee has approved an initiative which will change 39 car parking spaces within the under utilised London Wall Car Park into a hub for Amazon Logistics.
From there all deliveries within a 2km radius of the hub will be completed by e-cargo bikes and people on foot, removing the need for any motorised vehicles. The depot covers the entire City of London and some surrounding areas.
The City of London Corporation aims to have two additional Last Mile Logistics Hubs operational by 2022 and a further five by 2025 for last mile deliveries.
Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, Alastair Moss, believes the Amazon Last Mile Logistics Hub alone will take up to 85 vehicles off the roads each day, meaning up to 23,000 fewer vehicle journeys in central London every year. He said:
“The City Corporation’s ambitious Climate Action Strategy sets a target of reaching net zero carbon emission by 2040 and radical initiatives, such as the Amazon Logistics Hub, will be key in realising that goal.
“We are determined to deliver better air quality and to improve road safety for our residents, workers and visitors. This commendable scheme delivers on both counts.”
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