Clean Air Logistics for London

Clean Air Logistics for London

Active Dates: July 2022 - June 2023
Number of Project Partners: 10
Lead Borough : City of Westminster
CRP Project Lead: Fiona Coull

Clean Air Logistics for London (CALL) is a £1 million Defra-funded project led by Westminster City Council in collaboration with 10 project partners. The project aims to move more freight into London via river rather than road, supported by zero emission delivery methods in Central London. CALL will build on the success of CRP’s Clean Air Villages 4 programme.

The CALL project will expand river freight in London, reducing both congestion and pollution at the same time. A lack of light freight being moved by river has been highlighted and investment in infrastructure is required to increase the viability of this. CALL locations have been chosen to reflect GLA Air Quality Focus Areas and the importance of the River Thames for freight. The CALL project will support the delivery of Defra’s Clean Air Strategy, Westminster City Council’s Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) and other’s partners air quality objectives.



The main aims of CALL are to:

  1. Modify existing river piers for freight
  2. Provide Logistics micro hub spaces
  3. Implement Electric Vehicles for ongoing trips away from the River Thames
  4. Implement Cargo Bikes for ongoing trips
  5. Implement Walking Freight for ongoing trips
  6. Adjust the infrastructure linking piers with nearby roads (land-side integration)
  7. Deliver more river trials (e.g. parcels, bulky goods (non-refrigerated food & drink))


CALL activities have been estimated to bring about annual emission savings of:

  • 193.8g of NOx
  • 6.8g of PM2.5 and 13.2g of PM10
  • 84,407kg of CO2


“Cleaning up air quality is a key priority, and that presents major challenges for us in the heart of London. One thing I am determined to do is get more freight into central London on the river rather than by road, so I am particularly pleased Woods Quay in Westminster is playing such an active part in that. The more polluting freight vehicles we can take off the road, the better for our residents and their children who grow up breathing some of the dirtiest air in the country. I look forward to further initiatives with the Cross River Partnership.” Councillor Adam Hug, Leader of Westminster City Council.

Project Partners

Westminster City Council London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough of Islington London Borough of Lambeth London Borough of Lewisham London Borough of Southwark London Borough of Wandsworth Port of London Authority The Northbank BID The Fitzrovia Partnership

Useful Downloads & Links

Somerset House Images
River Freight Pilot Part Two Press Release
Scaling up: Monthly bulk deliveries on the Thames
Sustainable Steps
Make your business more sustainable one step at a time.
CRP's Thames Directory
CALL Snapshot: Waterloo Station Freight Hub
Unlocking the logistics potential of a central London station
CALL Snapshot: West Norwood Shared Electric Van & Charge Points
Making zero- and low-emission transport accessible to local businesses
CALL Snapshot: Installing Infrastructure to Support Micro Logistics
Developing a hub in the Southside Shopping Centre
CALL Snapshot: Masthouse Terrace Pier
London's First Dedicated Freight Pier
CALL Snapshot: Chelsea Harbour Sustainable Deliveries Hub
CALL Snapshot: River Freight Pilot Part Two
CALL Snapshot: Shared E-Cargo Bike Scheme in the London Borough of Islington
Helping local businesses to deliver goods sustainably
CALL Snapshot: Micro Logistics Hub Trial in Pimlico
Setting up a local micro logistics hub to support low-emission deliveries
A Deep Dive: The London Light Freight River Trial
Process, Performance and Prospects
River Freight Terminology
On track for sustainable logistics: Integrating Rail Freight into London' deliveries
Main Report
On track for sustainable logistics: Integrating Rail Freight into London' deliveries
Summary Report
The London Light Freight River Trial: Making the case for deliveries using the Thames. Press Release
Transport Emissions Calculator
Estimate your emission of air pollutants and carbon dioxide from moving goods and services around London.
Business Cargo Bike Guide
This site supports businesses with essential information for procuring and using cargo bikes.
CALL press release
Clean Air Villages 4
WCC Air Quality Action Plan
CALL Project Summary
Thames Vision 2050
River Freight Pilot Case Study: Summer 2022
CRP's Connect 4 Series. Sustainable Cities: Reinventing the River
Presentation Slides
CRP's Connect 4 Series. The Innovative Built Environment
Presentation Slides
Request for Proposal: Operating a Logistics Hub in Westminster (Trial)