WHAT IS CONSTRUCTION LOGISTICS?
Construction activity is essential to ensure the regeneration of the Capital. There’s an ever-increasing need to provide buildings and infrastructure to accommodate the growing numbers of people, housing and employment in London.
35% of daytime HGV traffic in London is generated by the construction industry, which equates to 520,000 miles per day. The annual value of construction in London is £31bn and the volume of construction freight is only set to grow further. This work generates a significant amount of road freight movement, which in turn increases congestion, emissions and road risk. The cost of construction road freight for the whole of London is £779,908,000.
The construction industry faces a number of challenges in its attempt to increase operational efficiency, while reducing the risks and environmental impact of deliveries.
WHY CONSTRUCTION LOGISTICS?
The Construction Logistics Programme
In 2016 Transport for London launched an innovative behaviour change project aimed at minimising the impact of the increasing amount of construction and to ultimately reducing the congestion and improve safety and air quality for the capital. The Construction Logistics programme has since gained traction and is already making strides within industry.
Success for the programme will be achieved through the widespread adoption of Construction Logistics Planning (CLP) and awareness needs to be raised across the construction sector as a whole to ensure proper uptake.
The adoption of CLPs will ultimately:
- Reduce the volume and impact of construction road freight
- Consolidate and control material and waste movement
- See deliveries retimed to less congested times of day
- Shift road freight to rail and water
An overarching aim for the Construction Logistics Programme is to achieve a 5% reduction in Central London construction road freight miles by March 2020. By introducing lasting behaviour change this will result in an ongoing reduction in congestion, road risk and dangerous exhaust emissions – the reduction in construction road freight miles will continue well into the future.
These groups comprise 80 stakeholders who are actively engaged with CLIG and its working groups. They come from a wide range of organisations including construction logistics clients, developers, operators, transport authorities, regulatory and enforcement bodies. Utilising their expertise and shared knowledge, they are instrumental in ensuring the successful delivery of the programme and that it meets its objectives.
In association with TfL and CILT
The Construction Logistics programme is the coming together of minds from both TfL and the CILT to help steer the programme and achieve clear benefits in London and beyond.
Both bodies are ideally positioned to encourage widespread adoption of logistics best practice and have the knowledge, expertise and influence to actively drive industry change.
Professional development within the sector is a priority, and the programme’s collaboration with two industry-leading groups will ensure the relevant skills and knowledge training is available to all.
WORK STREAM 1
Multimodal logistics: to develop and promote opportunities to move freight by sustainable transport modes such as rail and river as viable alternatives to road.
WORK STREAM 2
Local and transport authorities: to share and embed good practices in the monitoring, communication and enforcement of Construction Logistics Plans (CLPs).
WORK STREAM 3
Planned measures: to minimise the number and impact of construction freight on London’s roads through the use of measures such as safer and cleaner vehicles, staff travel plans, off-site manufacturing and load consolidation.