Transport for London (TfL) has awarded £50,000 to support a new zero-emissions freight hub in Hammersmith.
Parcels Not Pollution aims to reduce traffic, thereby easing congestion and improving air quality in Hammersmith town centre. Hammersmith & Fulham Council and e-cargobikes.com are working in partnership to deliver the scheme.
Local businesses signing up to the service include Kings Mall Shopping Centre, Regus, the Ark building and the Lyric theatre, with parcels received before 3pm being delivered the same day.
The partnership say that: “Deliveries and servicing are vital to London’s economy. Half the value of household expenditure, around £79 billion, relies strongly on road freight. However, goods vehicle movements in the capital have increased by around 20 per cent since 2010, contributing to poor air quality, congestion and road danger. Many freight movements are made during the morning peak, when there are higher numbers of vulnerable road users.”
Clare Elwes, Co-Founder of e-cargobikes.com, said: “We’re excited to announce the launch of Parcels Not Pollution, working in Partnership with Hammersmith BID (Business Improvement District) and H&F council to ensure the streets of Hammersmith are cleaner, safer and less congested. E-cargobikes.com offer sustainable last mile delivery solutions – if you are considering how your company could join in and reduce its carbon footprint then it’s time to get involved and get in touch – be part of the solution! Pass it on…”