Freight TAILS

URBACT III Freight TAILS Tailored Approaches to Innovative Logistics Solutions

Present-day freight transport practices have a negative impact on cities adding to traffic congestion, noise and air pollution, and affect economic competitiveness. Freight TAILS brings 10 European cities together to develop tailored freight management policies that addresses the negative impacts of urban freight movement, and stimulates the low carbon sector.

Knowledge sharing plays a large part in the project with city partners meeting quarterly to exchange and learn from each other’s experiences. Each meeting focuses on the relationship between urban freight and one of six transnational themes: stakeholders, data, integration, regulation & enforcement, voluntary behaviour change, and procurement. Each partner city works with its local urban freight stakeholders such as retailers, freight operators, and the local municipalities to develop an Integrated Action Plan (IAP).

The IAP entails implementing sustainable urban logistics approaches in specific urban areas (high multi-tenanted office blocks, high street retail areas, areas dominated by single user such as a university campus or public sector administration and historic central areas). Other key elements of the IAP include business cases for different approaches, data on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic improvement, and recommendations for implementation.

The London IAP is CRP’s deliverBEST programme which makes it easy for businesses to identify ways to optimise their deliveries, while saving costs and improving the local air quality.

The Freight TAIL city partners are CRP (whose accountable body is Westminster City Council) central London, UK; Brussels, Belgium; Gdynia, Poland; La Rochelle, France; Maastricht, Netherlands; Parma, Italy; Split, Croatia; Suceava, Romania; Tallinn, Estonia; and Umeå, Sweden.

The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, through the URBACT III Action Planning Networks programme. It runs from May 2016 – May 2018.

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“In many cities freight distribution has cast an elusive shadow over enlightened moves to establish sustainable mobility patterns. It has proved to be a persisting and difficult challenge for policy makers and transport managers. Ensuring that this life blood of urban concentrations can flow efficiently (logistically, economically, socially) and in an environmentally acceptable way, requires collaboration with wider, sometimes specific stakeholder interests – logistics operators, retailers, and construction companies. Freight TAILS provides an exciting opportunity for forward looking cities to explore this issue together, exchange experience on advancing cutting-edge approaches, and develop coherent but comprehensive (stakeholder supported) solutions to responsibly manage freight traffic systems in our towns and cities.”

Philip Stein, Lead Expert URBACT III Freight TAILS Network

“The City of Westminster is happy to support the new URBACT Action Planning Network: Freight TAILS. We are acutely aware of the impact freight movements have in our city, in terms of traffic congestion making it cost more to do business in the city; the increase in air pollution and the very real negative impact that has on our citizens' health; and not least the impacts of delivery and servicing activity on the safety of our roads. We are looking forward to working with local stakeholders including our Business Improvement Districts and Transport for London, to develop our Integrated Action Plan. Freight TAILS also provides us with a fantastic opportunity to share our experiences across our Network of Freight TAILS cities and beyond, transferring knowledge and raising capacities.”

Councillor Heather Acton, City of Westminster

CRP Team members

Charlotte Knell

Project Manager

Sefinat Otaru

Business Engagement Officer

Project partners