Freight TAILS

URBACT III Freight TAILS Tailored Approaches to Innovative Logistics Solutions

The Freight TAILS Action Planning Network will address the challenges posed by rapidly increasing freight movements, within the context of all urban logistics. Freight transport, by its very nature, negatively impacts on cities – road delivery trips are increasing, they can be large, noisy, polluting, tending to be diesel vehicles. This Freight TAILS project will develop tailored freight management policies using the URBACT Integrated Action Planning methodology to pro-actively support the functioning of different growing cities, whilst reducing the carbon emissions associated with urban freight transport, and stimulating the low carbon urban freight sector.

Action plans will be established to develop sustainable urban logistics approaches (micro/consolidation, SME co-ordination, retiming deliveries, efficient road space allocation), in specific urban areas (areas of high multi-tenanted office blocks, high street retail areas, areas dominated by single user (university campus or public sector administration), historic central areas). Business cases for different approaches, data on greenhouse gas emissions and traffic improvements, and recommendations for implementation will be key elements of the Action Plans.

The phase 1 partners are Cross River Partnership (whose accountable body is Westminster City Council) central London, UK; Maastricht, The Netherlands; Parma, Italy; and Suceava, Romania. Partners have a range of experience in freight management initiatives including for example the Low Emission Zones in London, Maastricht and Parma’s experiences of running logistics centres / consolidation centres, and Suceava’s experiences with Electric Vehicles. Between September 2015 – March 2016 we will focus on undertaking a baseline study on the state of freight related policy and practice in each partner city and beyond; and expanding the partnership for Phase 2 to a maximum of 12 cities.

“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.”

Councillor Heather Acton, City of Westminster

“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.”

Philip Stein, Lead Expert URBACT III Freight TAILS Network

CRP Team members

Charlotte Knell

Project Manager

Vicky Keeble

Deliver London Programme Manager

Project partners

City of Parma, Italy
City of Split, Croatia
City of Suceava, Romania