World Mental Health Day

10th October 2023 / Posted by Sobastian Frazer

World Mental Health Day will be held on Tuesday 10th October all around the world. It was first established on the 10th October 1992 by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), who will also be celebrating it’s 75 years of operation this year! WFMH are a global organization responsible for raising awareness in the global community about mental health agendas, collaborating with multiple partners, taking positive action, and developing long-lasting changes.   

World Mental Health Day, is a day that encourages us to enhance our conversations about mental health, learning more about how mental health can affect you, your family, friends, colleagues or even your neighbour.  

This year’s theme is “mental health is a universal human right”, understanding that we all have the right to be protected by mental health risks, the right to available, accessible, acceptable, and good quality care, and the right to liberty, independence, and inclusion in the community.  

Find out more how you can get involved!  

The CRP team will use their team meeting today to talk about what they do to look after their mental health.  

Freight, logistics and the planning system: Call for evidence

10th October 2023 / Posted by Katherine Fairfax

CRP recently submitted a response to the Department for Transport and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and CommunitiesFreight, logistics and the planning system: call for evidence 

CRP has provided detailed evidence drawing on our range of case studies and trials delivered as part of Clean Air Logistics for London and our current Smarter Greener Logistics programme. 

CRP’s freight-related expertise is wide-ranging, and includes focus on:  

  • Micro Logistics Hubs – spatial planning, possible locations/spaces
  • Rail Freight potential at Waterloo Station – spatial planning, permitted development, prioritising freight/logistics-handling uses over further retail 
  • Cargo bike logistics
  • River freight 
  • Walking freight 
  • Freight/logistics-related trials 
  • Parcel lockers

For further information, please contact CRP Director Susannah Wilks  

Ricardo Air Quality & Climate Seminar 2023

10th October 2023 / Posted by Katherine Fairfax

CRP’s Sustainable Transport Manager Ross Phillips will be taking part in a panel discussion on Air Quality & Climate Co-benefits as part of the Ricardo Air Quality & Climate Seminar 2023.  

The seminar is taking place on Thursday 19th October, 13:00 – 16:30 and will focus on topics of indoor air quality and PM2.5. 

Book your place here:  

For any queries, contact Sustainable Transport Manager Ross Phillips  

CRP Conversations: Transport Equity

10th October 2023 / Posted by Charlie Couve

CRP have been busily planning our next CRP Conversations for November! This hybrid event, focusing on Transport Equity, will take place 4pm – 5pm on Wednesday 29th November 2023 

Join Cross River Partnership (CRP) for CRP Conversations 6: Transport Equity. The event will explore different understandings and applications of equity in transport research, policy, and delivery. 

We will be joined by representatives from academia, policy development, and business: 

  • Dr Tom Cohen (Reader, Active Travel Academy) will present the ATA’s work around transport equity and the guidance produced to encourage local authorities to put equity principles into practice.   
  • Millie Mitchell (Senior Researcher, Centre For London) will present Centre for London’s recent project ‘Moving with the Times’, exploring how financial incentives can be designed to encourage sustainable transport choices effectively and fairly. 
  • Alper Muduroglu (Founder, Our Bike) will present the Our Bike scheme and how community bikeshare helps reduce barriers to accessing zero-emission freight. 

Following presentations and a Q&A, in person attendees can network at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall where refreshments will be provided.  

We hope to see you there! 

Sign up to the event via Eventbrite.  

CALL Pier Usage Analysis Reports

10th October 2023 / Posted by Isidora Rivera Vollmer

Cross River Partnership are excited to publish our Pier Usage Analysis reports, which were created as part of CRP’s Defra-funded Clean Air Logistics for London (CALL) programme.

CRP’s Clean Air Logistics for London (CALL) is a Defra-funded project which aims to move more freight into London via river rather than road, supported by zero emission delivery methods in Central London. 

The three reports focus on Greenland (Surrey Quays) Pier, Wapping Pier, and Woods Quay. This pier monitoring initiative seeks to understand movements around and onto/from certain piers and identify whether they may be suitable for future river freight operations based on their current underutilisation at specific time periods.

You can download them via the links below! 

Greenland Pier here 

Wapping Pier here 

Woods Quay here 

For any queries, please contact CRP Project Manager Isidora Rivera Vollmer 

Smarter Greener Logistics Update

10th October 2023 / Posted by Fiona Coull

Another month has gone by of CRP’s Smarter Greener Logistics Programme and as usual the team have been working hard to get various programme schemes and initiatives off the ground!  

This month has been a particularly big month for CRP’s Waterloo development work, with several reports and models being finalised and completed. These will be officially launched at CRP’s next CRP Conversations event, taking place in the Lord Mayors Parlour on Wednesday 11th of October (see here for more details). We would love to see you all there! 

This month has also been particularly successful for the SGL Hub workstream. Over the last few weeks, CRP and Westminster City Council announced an extension of the Pimlico hub enabling low emission deliveries to be carried out for another 3 months in the Westminster area and beyond. Similarly, the Southside Shopping Centre Hub also successfully completed its first whole month of deliveries! These are both excellent outcomes, helping to improve air quality across London. 

Finally, the end of October marks the deadline for CRP’s first quarterly report to Defra on the SGL programme. As part of this, all SGL Partners have been asked to complete their ‘Partner In Kind Match Funding Template’ by COP Friday 13th of October. This information is essential to feed into the quarterly reporting. 

To find out more about the SGL Programme, or to get support regarding your Match Funding Template, please contact Senior Programme Manager Fiona Coull  

Cross River Partnership’s September Board

10th October 2023 / Posted by Susannah Wilks

The CRP Board met on 26th September 2023 and welcomed its newest member organisation, Knightsbridge Partnership from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

The Board thanked Keith Bottomley, Deputy Policy Chairman of the City of London Corporation for Co-Chairing the CRP Board so ably over recent years – we really appreciate everything he did for us. 

The CRP Board formally approved Mary Durcan, Chairman of the City of London Corporation Port Health and Environmental Services Committee, and Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, taking over Keith’s CRP Board Public Sector Co-Chairing role, with immediate effect. 

Mary will work alongside Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive of Camden Town Unlimited and Euston Town BIDs, and CRP Board Private Sector Co-Chair, to oversee the work of CRP and its partners over the coming years. 

For further information, please contact CRP’s Director 

Cross River Partnership soon to publish new research outputs supporting rail freight

10th October 2023 / Posted by Ross Phillips

Cross River Partnership is soon to be launching exciting research, that has been commissioned in collaboration with Network Rail and the Great British Railways Transition Team (GBRTT) and led by transport consultants Steer and Intermodality, to show the many positive impacts of increasing rail freight coming into Waterloo Station, supported by zero emission onward road journeys across the whole of London. 

The Waterloo Freight Hub is planned to support London’s economy and environment by bringing more freight into central London via rail rather than via road.  Existing undercroft space at Waterloo Station would be used to receive, sort and re-issue the rail freight outwards across much of London, servicing some 3.5 million people and 200,000 businesses.  These onward journeys would all be undertaken by clean transport modes, including electric cargo bikes.  The journeys could save up to 15,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from London’s air from hundreds of cargo bike and other zero emission delivery trips, as well as make significant improvements to the noise levels associated with traditional vehicle types. 

The Courier, Express and Parcel (CEP) market is growing significantly, particularly driven by a demand for faster, convenient and more efficient deliveries, and a higher percentages of retail sales now made online due to a booming ecommerce industry. Currently, just 1% of the rail freight transported on the UK’s rail network is from Courier, Express and Parcel market. There could be up to £1 billion parcels delivered in London in 2030, over double what is currently delivered now.  

If you’d like to hear more about this research, please reach out to Ross Phillips, Sustainable Transport Manager at CRP  

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