Policy 6.14 Freight

Policy

Strategic

A  The Mayor will work with all relevant partners to improve freight distribution (including servicing and deliveries) and to promote movement of freight by rail and waterway. The Mayor supports the development of corridors to bypass London, especially for rail freight, to relieve congestion within London.

Planning decisions

B    Development proposals that:

a  locate developments that generate high numbers of freight movements close to major transport routes

b  promote the uptake of the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme, construction logistics plans, delivery and servicing Plans and more innovative freight solutions, reflecting the positive experience of the Olympics and seeking opportunities to minimise congestion impacts and improve safety. These should be secured in line with the London Freight Plan and should be co-ordinated with travel plans and the development of approaches to consolidate freight

c  increase the use of the Blue Ribbon Network for freight transport will be encouraged.

LDF preparation

C  DPDs should promote sustainable freight transport by:

a  safeguarding existing sites and identifying new sites to enable the transfer of freight to rail and water

b  identifying sites for consolidation centres and ‘break bulk’ facilities

c  safeguarding railheads for aggregate distribution.

Supporting text

6.49  London needs an efficient distribution network to service its people and businesses. The Mayor wants to encourage distribution and servicing in ways that minimise congestion and any adverse environmental impacts. The majority of movements will continue to be by road. This should be recognised and planned for, but the use of construction logistics plans and delivery and servicing plans may help ease congestion and/or encourage modal shift. Safeguarding existing, and identifying new, facilities to promote movement by rail or water will be encouraged as this will ease congestion on the highway network and help combat climate change (see Policy 7.26) Boroughs may wish to explore the possibilities of night time deliveries where this would not have unacceptable impacts on residents.

6.50  ‘Break bulk’ facilities are locations where larger vehicles unload materials and goods (often for retail), which are then transported to their final destination by smaller vehicles. Consolidation centres are currently only used by the construction industry, but are essentially the same concept. These can be intermodal facilities.

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