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Former freight hub repurposed for green freight

[ March 13, 2023   //   ]

Former freight ro ro hub Dartford International Ferry Terminal, recently acquired by the Port of London Authority (PLA) is being used to test a scheme to move light freight into London by river. The London Light Freight River Trial, a Cross River Partnership (CRP) initiative, involves a daily Thames Clippers Logistics commuter vessel shuttling goods to Bankside Pier in Southwark for suppliers Lyreco and Speedy Services. It is part of the Clean Air Logistics for London programme, funded by Defra.

A second phase extended deliveries to Trinity Buoy Wharf in Tower Hamlets.

Last-mile deliveries across the capital are operated by Pedal Me, via e-cargo bike, and Speedy Services, using electric vans.

The vessels used in the trial are also carrying goods on their return journey.

A CRP trial last summer showed that using the river for light freight reduced air pollution and eased congestion. It recorded a 78% saving in NOx and an 88% saving in CO2 emissions, compared with road deliveries.