West Midlands – parcel delivery to bus stops?

A consultation paper published by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) suggests that parcels could be delivered to bus stops in the region instead of to people’s homes. This would cut carbon emissions of delivery companies.

According to TfWM, existing efforts to boost sustainable travel are not enough “enough to generate sufficient travel behaviour changes” to address environmental, social and economic challenges including climate change.

Current transport schemes “tend to make a big difference in some areas but their impacts across the wider region are more limited” and says we all need to think about changing the way we travel.

The paper contains a foreword by West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Councillor Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council leader and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) portfolio holder for transport.

It states: “[…] Significant challenges remain in tackling the defining issues of our time, such as climate change, air quality, our health, and now our economic recovery from the pandemic.

“This paper poses some difficult questions about how we address these challenges. But it also offers real hope that, with a collective effort, we can create a West Midlands that leads the way in tackling these issues.

“This is the start of a conversation with residents, organisations and businesses on the kinds of changes we want to see in our transport system and the trade-offs required.”