Freight

We have been involved in freight studies since the inception of the company in 1993.  In an early commission for Greenpeace we set out the basics of a sustainable freight strategy.  We have also produced a guide to sustainable freight strategies for the European Commission and we continue to work on these subjects:

  • City logistics (keeping lorries out of cities through the interception and unloading of lorries so that freight can then be moved in smaller and more environmentally friendly vehicles to its final destination)
  • Lorry routeing and scheduling (e.g. Bremen in Germany)
  • Changes in sourcing of products and logistics to reduce the distances over which freight is moved
  • Multi-modal strategies including waterways, rail solutions and coastal shipping
  • Lorry bans (e.g. Kirkby Stephen in Cumbria and advice to local authorities in Surrey about lorry movement around Guildford and Walton-on-Thames)
  • Piggy back rail freight (including the transport of complete tractors and trailers) as an alternative to road building and as a way of relieving serious HGV pressure on roads e.g. a piggyback link between the port of Heysham and the M6 corridor as an alternative to the very destructive £156 million Lancaster Northern Bypass