Celebrating CRP’s success!

25th September 2023 / Posted by Katherine Fairfax

CRP were delighted to be shortlisted for the National Maritime SME Awards 2023 in the Clean Maritime Energy Award category for the London Light Freight River Trial! The awards evening took place at Woods Quay on 13th September 2023 and celebrated the innovative achievements of SMEs across the UK maritime sector.

Read A Deep Dive: The London Light Freight River Trial to find out more about this innovative trial.

CRP is also excited to announce that the Pimlico Micro Logistics Hub Trial, delivered with Westminster City Council and partners, has been shortlisted for the Last-Mile Delivery Award as part of the CiTTi Awards 2023. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 21st November 2023 and we’re keeping our fingers crossed!

A Win for Wandsworth: CRP’s New Micro Logistics Hub Trial

25th September 2023 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

CRP has recently launched its latest six-month micro logistics hub trial in the Southside Shopping Centre Car Park in the London Borough of Wandsworth.

Funded by Defra in partnership with the London Borough of Wandsworth, this CRP trial is supporting low-emission last-mile deliveries in the London Borough of Wandsworth and surrounding areas. This initiative is funded by CRP’s Clean Air Logistics for London and Smarter Greener Logistics programmes. Deliveries are also operating to the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Merton across the tri-borough area.

The hub has been created by sustainable logistics experts Decarbon Logistics Solutions in partnership with APCOA Parking (UK) Limited, and deliveries will be carried out by low-emission courier Delivery Mates.

Our recent publication also includes details on the micro logistics hub’s set-up process here.

You can find our official press release here.

For more information, please contact CRP Project Manager Isidora Rivera Vollmer isidorariveravollmer@crossriverpartnership.org

Join CRP Conversations: Improving Air Quality by Enhancing River & Rail

25th September 2023 / Posted by Ross Phillips

Join us on Wednesday 11th October, 4pm – 5pm for  Cross River Partnership (CRP)’s next CRP Conversations: Improving Air Quality by Enhancing River & Rail. This Conversation will discuss the potential for a freight hub at Waterloo station, exploring the potential economic, social and environmental benefits that can be achieved by prioritising this space for rail and road-fed micro-logistics hubs.

This is a hybrid panel discussion where in-person attendees can network with refreshments and nibbles at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour in Westminster City Council. Please send through any questions you would like our panellists to answer.

Our panellists are:

Register for the event via Eventbrite!

For more information about the event, please email CRP Sustainable Transport Manager Ross Phillips at rossphillips@crossriverpartnership.org

CRP’s City Vision: Monitoring & Data Analysis Service

25th September 2023 / Posted by Ross Phillips

Evidence has become critical to create healthy streets and neighbourhoods.

Cross River Partnership‘s (CRP) insightful traffic and active travel reporting can support Local Authorities, Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and landowners with evidence of how spaces, streets and neighbourhoods are used.  

 We measure and analyse movement and dwelling data at various scales to create clear and insightful reports. Our findings can provide the proof of concept to create long-term sustainable change in the public realm. 

 CRP have partnered with Vivacity Labs to use their artificial intelligence sensors to provide insights and reporting into: 

  • Active travel and traffic count analysis that measures all vehicle classes 
  • Movement and directionality mapping, modelling and visualisation 
  • Air quality and emissions modelling 
  • Speed and road safety evidence 
  • Public realm and behaviour analysis 

Visit our Monitoring and Data Analysis Service page to find out more!

 For more information about this service, please email CRP Sustainable Transport Manager Ross Phillips rossphillips@crossriverpartnership.org  

Smarter Greener Logistics Update

25th September 2023 / Posted by Fiona Coull

We’ve nearly finished the first quarter of CRP’s Smarter Greener Logistics Programme! The programme has got off to a flying start with several opportunities and trials being developed in collaboration with our partners. Here are just a few that the CRP team have been working on: 

  •  Isidora has been identifying potential sites for urban logistics hubs that can support low emission deliveries in SGL partner areas. Low emissions couriers have also been contacted about these sites to help develop areas that will fit in with their long-term plans and aspirations. We’re still finalising the various options and Isidora will keep partners updated as things progress! 
  • Katherine has been working with Grid Smarter Cities to develop a virtual loading bay trial that will be open to all SGL partners. Partners will be able to test Grids virtual loading bay technology in identified locations, helping to better understand the benefits and opportunities that could be provided by kerbside management solutions. 
  • Charlie has been supporting the City Soil Lab Project in Bethnal Green. The project focuses on the circular economy and aims to turn neighbourhood food waste into soil to be used in community gardening and food projects. Plans to collect food waste by cargo bike as part of the scheme are progressing (and is where Charlie is providing his expertise).  
  • Sefinat has been working to develop a questionnaire for businesses to support them with their fleet electrification. As part of this Sefinat has been liaising closely with EV charging providers to understand the various solutions we could provide through SGL. The questionnaire will be shared with all partners so that it can be sent to their various business networks. 
  • Sobastian has been supporting the expansion of the ‘Our Bike’ scheme in several SGL partner areas. OurBike is a shared community cargo bike scheme that enables residents and businesses to hire an electric cargo bike by the hour, supporting more low emission trips in the local area. 
  • Ross has been working with Network Rail and other partners to progress the Waterloo logistics hub. The aim is to carry out a road-fed urban logistics trial in the undercroft area beneath Waterloo Station. Rail fed freight will then be introduced as the scheme progresses, highlighting the opportunity for rail freight at major London stations. 

To find out more about the SGL Programme, please contact Senior Programme Manager Fiona Coull fionacoull@crossriverpartnership.org  

CALL Snapshot: Masthouse Terrace Pier

25th September 2023 / Posted by Sobastian Frazer

CRP’s Masthouse Terrace Pier: CALL snapshot provides an insight into the collaboration between CRP and the Port of London Authority (PLA) to create London’s first dedicated freight pier, located on the Isle of Dogs, East London.  

In addition to the pier being used as a dedicated space for light freight, it also will continue to be an addition to the Uber Boat by Thames Clipper River Bus Service, providing the opportunity for both passenger and river freight operations. As part of the Defra-funded CALL programme, CRP and the PLA have also developed a guidance document to support pier owners and e-cargo bike operators to ensure the safe and efficient transfer of light freight between the river and shore.  

Visit the CRP website to read the full Masthouse Terrace Pier: CALL Snapshot! 

‘OurBike’ Shared E-Cargo Bike Scheme launches in Islington

25th September 2023 / Posted by Charlie Couve

CRP have been working with the London Borough of Islington and OurBike to deliver a shared cargo bike scheme. The two bikes are located at Highbury Barn and on Blackstock Road, both on important high streets with a cluster of independent businesses. The scheme aims to reduce congestion and air pollution that would normally be created by vans, offering businesses an alternative greener way of moving goods around.  

 Read more about the Islington OurBike scheme here!  

As part of Smarter Greener Logistics, CRP are committed to supporting additional OurBike schemes in Islington, Wandsworth, Richmond and Merton. The next step will be engaging with businesses to identify potential bike hosts in these boroughs!  

Marking World Rivers Day

25th September 2023 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

To mark World Rivers Day on Thursday 21st September, CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru participated in a panel discussion at the Oxo Tower along London’s South Bank.

World Rivers Day, which falls on the fourth Sunday of every September, celebrates the world’s rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages better stewardship of the world’s waterways.

Chaired by Andrea Zick (Harvey Nichols), Michelle Yaa (Thames 21) and Sefinat discussed how the river affects our lives, and how we in turn impact the river. Following the discussion, attendees were encouraged to take part in litter picking along the Thames shore.

For more information, please contact CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru sefinatotaru@crossriverpartnership.org

Seeking participants for Westminster Clean Air Walking Routes research

6th September 2023 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

Are you an avid walker or cyclist who uses apps and tools such as CRP’s Clean Air Route Finder to find less polluted routes? 

Westminster City Council wants to understand people’s needs when walking around the borough and how air quality influences their choice of route. 

The survey will take around 8 minutes to complete and will ask for some details about you, the things that are important to you when walking around the city and if you use any tools to monitor air quality of the places you visit. 

The survey outcomes will be used to help the council meet the needs of people walking in the borough. 

All participants will have a chance to enter a draw to win a £50 shopping voucher. 

Additionally, at the end of the survey, you can choose to apply for further research activities and, if selected, you will be rewarded with shopping vouchers ranging from £15 to £45. 

Please click here to complete the survey: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/x-87XQ6M/. 


Fore more information, please contact CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru – sefinatotaru@crossriverpartnership.org

CALL Vessel Retrofit Complete

6th September 2023 / Posted by Sefinat Otaru

As part of our Defra-funded Clean Air Logistics London project, we supported Net Zero Marine Services to retrofit their workboat, Alb-E. 

The vessel’s diesel-powered engine was replaced with an electric motor and battery, making it the first fully electric workboat in London. By going electric, Alb-E effectively eliminated its air-polluting emissions, demonstrating how the transition to cleaner vessels on the Thames is possible.  

Formerly named Albert, Alb-E is currently moored at Hermitage Pier. For more information, please contact CRP Project Manager Sefinat Otaru – sefinatotaru@crossriverpartnership.org