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Combining on-foot porters with vans for last-mile parcel deliveries: Results of a study in central London

Allen, J; Piecyk, M; Piotrowska, M; Cherrett, T; McLeod, F; Oakey, A; Bates, O; ... Bektas, T; + view all (2021) Combining on-foot porters with vans for last-mile parcel deliveries: Results of a study in central London. World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research , 10 (1) pp. 65-85. 10.1504/WRITR.2021.113491. Green open access

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Abstract

Parcel delivery operations in central London currently involve drivers using vans which are parked at the kerbside for up to 60% of the round time while drivers make deliveries on-foot to consignees, walking up to 10 km per day. A trial was carried out in which deliveries were made by on-foot porters using wheeled bags supplied by van. Results of this trial and additional analysis of its wider implementation across central London indicate that parcel portering could result in reductions in vehicle parking time at kerbside (of 50-65%), and vehicle driving time and distance travelled (of 25-35%) compared to current operations. Such outcomes would result in improvements in greenhouse gas emissions and local air quality. Related planning considerations for public policy makers including reviewing vehicle kerbside stopping regulations to encourage portering, and the provision of land for secure storage facilities for porter's bags are identified and discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Combining on-foot porters with vans for last-mile parcel deliveries: Results of a study in central London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2021.113491
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1504/WRITR.2021.113491
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10128303
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