Exciting Pimlico Hub Trial Update!

26th February 2024 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

Together with Westminster City Council, we are excited to announce that after a successful 9-month trial period, the low-emission courier Delivery Mates and Q-Park have come to an agreement and will continue to independently operate from the Pimlico micro logistics hub for a minimum of 12 months. Decarbon Logistics Solutions facilitated the conversations between Delivery Mates and Q-Park UK, encouraging them to continue the hub operations after the trial ended. The news was published via an official press release on 16th February. 

The CRP and WCC-funded trial, which aimed to support low-emission last-mile deliveries in the City of Westminster, was launched on 17th April 2023 and ended on 31st December 2023. The trial was supported by Decarbon Logistics Solutions, and carried out by Delivery Mates low-emission couriers. The project was part of the Defra-funded Clean Air Logistics for London (CALL) and Smarter Greener Logistics (SGL) programmes. 

After 9 months of operations, the e-cargo bikes travelled total distance of 22,578 km (14,029 miles), which led to significant emissions reductions of 4,186 kg of CO2, 15,141 g of NOx, and 303 g of PM2.5 when comparing the e-cargo bikes to polluting van deliveries on the last mile. 

Translated into more tangible examples, by using the CRP Clean Air Tool, these emission savings would equate to: 

  • CO2 emissions from 85 football pitch-sized forest fires  
  • NOx emissions equivalent to what 459 people emit in one day  
  • 6.8 sycamore maple trees required to filter out these PM2.5 emissions  

We are currently working on an in-depth report which will include detailed data, insights, learnings, and recommendations from the 9-month micro logistics hub trial in Pimlico. This will be published on our website in the coming months. 

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