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Transforming the energy demands of last-mile urban freight through collaborative logistics

About FTC2050

Freight transport accounts for 16% of all road vehicle activity in our cities. Last-mile urban freight contributes to traffic congestion and poor air quality. The cost of congestion in London was estimated to be £5.4bn in 2013, rising to £9bn by 2030.

Fundamentally reconsidering the efficiency of last-mile logistics

Working directly with Transport for London and innovative carriers (TNT and Gnewt Cargo and through them, DX and Hermes), we will developing new understandings of the overlap of delivery schedules, algorithms and business models to enable carrier co-ordination that reduces energy demand.

Team

Southampton, Westminster, UCL and Lancaster

Tom Cherrett and Fraser McLoed, Transportation Research Group, University of Southampton
Tolga Bektas and ThuBa Nguyen, Southampton Business School, University of Southampton
Maja Piecyk, Julian Allen and Marzena Piotrowska, Department of Planning and Transport, University of Westminster
Adrian Friday, Nigel Davies and Oliver Bates School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University
Martin Austwick and Sarah Wise, Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London

News

September 7, 2017 - (gov.uk) Transport benefits from big data and the 'internet of things' in smart cities. Gov.uk have published a scoping study into deriving transport benefits from big data and the internet of things in smart cities.

February 8, 2017 - (ITS Review) Automation of urban deliveries debated. Autonomous vehicles and drones could aid the last mile delivery of goods in urban areas but are not yet ready to be deployed widely, speakers at a conference concluded last week.

Partners

In collaboration with TNT, Gnewt Cargo and Transport for London

TNT Gnewt TfL

Events

[WEBINAR] LAND-USE RELATED FREIGHT TRANSPORT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN LONDON
In this webinar, Mr. Paul Strang from Transport for London (TfL) and Mr. Julian Allen from the University of Westminster will discuss the challenges and opportunities related to the interface between land-use and freight transport in London
Wednestday 27th September (4pm BST)
[Register]

PREVENTING AN URBAN DELIVERY CRISIS – JOINTLY MEETING BUSINESS AND CUSTOMER NEEDS AND SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
Thursday 2nd February 2017, University of Westminster

Papers

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, F. McLeod, T. Cherrett, T. Nguyen, T. Bektas, O. Bates, A. Friday, S. Wise, M. Austwick, UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF E-COMMERCE ON LAST-MILE LIGHT GOODS VEHICLE ACTIVITY IN URBAN AREAS: THE CASE OF LONDON, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2017.07.020). 2017

F. McLeod, O. Bates, T. Cherrett, A. Friday, S. Wise, M. Austwick, J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, T. Bekta, T. Nguyen, K. Ghali, EXPLORING THE TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL IMPACT OF SEASONAL PARCEL DEMAND ON URBAN FREIGHT. To be presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Southampton Solent University, GB, 06 - 8 Sep 2017. 2017

M. Piotrowska, M. Piecyk, J. Allen, F. McLeod, M. Austwick, O. Bates, A. Friday, S. Wise, T. Bektas, T. Nguyen, K. Ghali, T. Cherrett, ANALYSING THE PERFORMANCE OF LAST-MILE PARCEL DELIVERY OPERATIONS IN LONDON. To be presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), Southampton Solent University, GB, 06 - 8 Sep 2017. 2017

O. Bates, B. Knowles, A. Friday, ARE PEOPLE THE KEY TO ENABLING COLLABORATIVE SMART LOGISTICS? CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems Pages 1494-1499. Denver, Colorado, USA — May 06 - 11, 2017
[POSTER]

O. Bates, A. Friday, FOOD 'ON-DEMAND': LEARNING FROM SUSTAINABLE LAST-MILE FREIGHT LOGISTICS. Presented at the "Designing Sustainable Food Systems" Workshop @ CHI '17. Denver, Colorado, USA — May 06 - 11, 2017

J. Allen, T. Bektas, T. Cherrett, A. Friday, F. McLeod, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, M. Z. Austwick, ENABLING THE FREIGHT TRAFFIC CONTROLLER FOR COLLABORATIVE MULTI-DROP URBAN LOGISTICS: PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL CHALLENGES, Transportation Research Board 96th Annual Meeting (TRB 2017), Washington, US, 08 - 12 Jan 2017. 17pp.

Reports

M. Piecyk, J. Allen, LAND AVAILABILITY IN LONDON,
Logistics & Transport Focus, p 38 - 40, November 2017.
[Full Magazine]

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF ONLINE SHOPPING AND HOME DELIVERY IN THE UK, Internal Report, February 2017.

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M.Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF ROAD FREIGHT IN LONDON AND BRITAIN: TRAFFIC, ACTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, Internal Report, December 2016.

J. Allen, M. Piecyk, M. Piotrowska, AN ANALYSIS OF THE PARCELS MARKET AND PARCEL CARRIERS' OPERATIONS IN THE UK, Internal Report, December 2016.

Select Committee Evidence

Tom Cherrett, Speaking on Behalf of FTC2050, URBAN CONGESTION - TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, Monday 30 January 2017
[Transcript]




Consultation Documents

CITY OF LONDON - FREIGHT AND SERVICING SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT - CONSULTATION DRAFT, August 2017.

MAYOR OF LONDON - MAYOR’S TRANSPORT STRATEGY: DRAFT FOR PUBLIC CONSULTATION, August 2017.

LONDON ASSEMBLY TRANSPORT COMMITTEE, CALL FOR EVIDENCE: FUTURE TRANSPORT, August 2017.