Clean Air Freight

Clean Air Freight

Active Dates: May 2022 - June 2023
Number of Project Partners: 6
CRP Project Lead: Susannah Wilks

Clean Air Freight (CAF) is an Impact on Urban Health-funded project helping the freight sector to deliver clean air as part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation. The project will minimise the harmful emissions from freight within the London Borough of Lambeth and the London Borough of Southwark.

The project aims to prepare for more rail freight deliveries into London, including investigating the potential of passenger trains, and also trial zero emission last mile logistics from a centre in South London.

By researching the challenges and potential for London stations such as London Bridge and Waterloo stations to be used for rail freight, this new Clean Air Freight project will help businesses and logistics companies considering rail freight understand if it could work for them.

CRP is also going to be commissioning a feasibility study into the practical infrastructure arrangements needed to implement increased rail freight into Lambeth and Southwark, including innovative combinations of freight with passengers.

CRP’s recent study, ‘The Potential For Urban Logistics Hubs in Central London’, found that such hubs/centres are important in supporting clean and efficient freight activity throughout London. CRP is seeking to break down barriers to last mile logistics centres by running a trial Zero Emissions Last Mile Logistics Centre.  Actual costs and other challenges will be identified and examined, and impacts on stakeholders and local communities evaluated. There will be a reduction in delivery trips during the trial, reducing harmful emissions. Findings will be shared widely amongst industry stakeholders in London and beyond.

Project Partners

Impact on Urban Health Brixton BID London Borough of Lambeth London Borough of Southwark Pedal Me Cross River Partnership

Useful Downloads & Links

Rail Freight in London. Feasibility Study
On track for sustainable logistics: Integrating Rail Freight into London's deliveries
Main Report
On track for sustainable logistics: Integrating Rail Freight into London's deliveries
Summary Report
On track for sustainable logistics: Integrating Rail Freight into London's deliveries
Press Release
Rail Freight in London. Feasibility Study
Report Summary
Do I have the right space for a Micro Logistics Hub?
Lived Experience of a Micro Hub - A First-Hand Account
Clean Air Freight: Your Future Impact
Cargo Bike Deliveries Flyer
Brixton Hub: Information for Suppliers
Sustainable Steps
Make your business more sustainable one step at a time.
Connect 4 Session 12 Presentation Slides
Clean Air Freight: Lessons Learnt
Connect 4 Session 12 Toolkit
Clean Air Freight: Lessons Learnt
Network Rail - Major Stations Group: Capability review for express freight and urban logistics
Major stations capability review conducted 2021
Mapping the Cycle Logistics Sector in London
Identifying cargo bike hub and delivery radius distribution across London
Brixton Micro Logistics Hub: 10 Project Learnings
Lessons learnt from the operation of a micro logistics hub