article from The Evening Standard in London.
Five revolutionary new schemes aimed at cleaning London’s air and cutting the number of road deaths in the capital have been unveiled to the Standard.
Spearheading the plans for freight, backed by Transport for London, is a project to ship thousands of tons of waste, generated by the booming houseboat population, by barge instead of by road-going refuse trucks.
The projects have been revealed as TfL races to meet City Hall’s transport strategy targets to make roads safer and reduce the number of lorries and vans entering central London in the morning peak by 10 per cent, by 2026. It also comes as TfL figures reveal goods vehicle movements in London have increased by around 20 per cent since 2010, contributing to poor air quality, congestion and road danger.
“We are working with businesses across London to help create and maintain healthy streets and reduce road danger, air pollution and congestion,” said Emily Herreras-Griffiths, who heads TfL’s travel demand management programme.
“We’ve seen the value small changes to the way businesses receive or make deliveries and other services can bring, which is why we’re supporting these schemes.” TfL has shared its plans with the Standard and they are shown on the right.
Moving rubbish on the water
London’s houseboat population is booming. Now it’s being targeted in a trial aimed at slashing air pollution — created by refuse truck trips — by moving tons of waste by water-freight instead. Houseboat waste will be sorted into different bags before being collected by barges and taken to processing depots. The pilot scheme, run by social enterprise iRecycle, originated at Camden Market where food waste being recycled rose from zero to 40 per cent.
The amount collected — boosted by the addition of house- boat waste — will rise to 60 per cent, eventually cutting thousands of road trips by refuse trucks. The project is already cutting 2.4 tonnes of CO2 a year, with further gains when it includes the 1,880 boats on London’s waterways.
Get on your cargo bike
In a ground-breaking scheme, new cycle freight infrastructure is being created close to Archway station to promote zero-emission deliveries. Equipped with electric-bike charging points, the depot will have space for 10 cargo bikes at one time. It is aimed at minimising diesel and petrol vehicle deliveries by providing additional storage for businesses that do not have enough of their own.
Go underground to store waste
Five new large 3,900kg underground waste bunkers are being created in Vauxhall, by Business Improvement District Vauxhall One. Local business waste will be collected by the BID’s own zero-emission electric vehicle, specially converted from a truck currently used to jet-wash pavements and collect fly-tipping.
With minor alterations, says Vauxhall One, the vehicle will “easily be capable” of collecting refuse from participating businesses on a daily basis. The waste will be stored in the bunkers, enabling it to be collected on a bi-weekly basis, instead of being driven out each day on diesel trucks. It will remove a third of the existing recycling trips in the area.
Electric refuse vans
The Better Bankside project involves electric vans travelling to businesses to collect waste — replacing trips made by diesel trucks. The vans return the waste to Borough Market where it is processed and then consolidated in the market’s own compactors.
The scheme, running since April, has already seen 28 tonnes of waste collected by zero-emission vehicles, saving 70 diesel vehicle trips a week.
Collections have been re-timed to avoid the busiest times. Participating businesses include architects, cafes, pubs and a housing association. There were no additional costs to users and, in tandem with Better Bankside, users are offered free recycling collections.
Putting safer trucks on the road to save pedestrians and cyclists
The Thames Tideway company, which is building London’s super-sewer under the river, has invested in a new fleet of 22 “low entry cab” trucks designed to be safer for pedestrians and cyclists. Their cabs have windows specially designed to improve drivers’ vision, allowing them to spot vulnerable road users more easily. The extra-wide and low windows are especially effective at helping drivers to spot cyclists getting too close, especially at junctions and crossings.
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