London Freight and Serving Action Plan welcomed by DPD

UK wide delivery firm DPD has backed a plan by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) that aims to transform how deliveries work in London.

The Freight and Serving Action Plan was launched at DPD’s new all-electric depot in Westminster. DPD’s COO Justin Pegg addressed an audience, showing the company’s innovative operation and its vehicles.

The Freight and Serving Action Plan shows how the industry can continue to operate while decreasing the number of freight vehicles entering London by 10% over six years.

A statement showed that these “actions include:

– Encouraging Londoners to use more sustainable delivery options such as ‘click and collect’ and greener delivery slots;
– Expanding the number of TfL sites housing click and collect lockers by launching a tender to bid for space in TfL stations and open more lockers across the network;
– Making smarter use of TfL and borough land by identifying plots that could be used for distribution centres, which are vital to encouraging sustainable last mile delivery methods such as cycle freight;
– Reducing harmful emissions caused by freight movements by launching the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone in April this year.”

 
DPD’s Chief Operations Office, Justin Pegg commented; “We fully support the plans outlined by the Mayor and TfL.  We are working with them and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver our vision for London.  DPD’s central London van fleet already meets the ULEZ standard, but we are looking to go further and create an all-electric fleet and a new network of micro depots across the capital.  Micro depots mean shorter journeys, fewer vans on the road and zero emissions. 

“While we already have two all-electric micro depots open, there are still challenges to be overcome in terms of electrical infrastructure upgrades, site availability and the supply of electric vehicles on the scale we need for an all-electric fleet across the whole of central London.  But by working in partnership with TfL, landlords and the other major stakeholders, we are well on the way to making deliveries more sustainable and safer. 

“In addition to looking at a whole raft of new initiatives and vehicles in the capital, it is also about making every aspect of our core business more sustainable.  DPD’s deliveries are already as efficient as possible.  Every DPD customer knows, in advance, exactly when we are delivering.

That way, they can either be there to accept the parcel or use one of our in-flight options to deliver to a safe place, their chosen neighbour or divert to their nearest DPD Pickup parcel shop.  As a result, we deliver more parcels first time than any other carrier, which means far fewer wasted miles and repeat journeys to attempt redeliveries.” 

DPD also confirmed that they have signed a deal to open their third all-electric depot in Park Lane and have more electric vehicles on order.  

Justin Pegg continued: “We’ve just signed a deal with Q-Park which will enable us to open our third all-electric micro depot.  Westminster and Shoreditch are up and running and performing really well and our plan is to open eight such sites in total in central London.  Finding the sites is a challenge due to rents in London, so we are actively looking for strategic partnerships with landlords.  Getting enough vehicles, fast enough is another issue.  I’d hope that the vast majority of the vans we buy going forward will be electric, but we are pushing manufacturers to make more right-hand drive vehicles available, more quickly.” 

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