URBAN DISTRIBUTION - THE COMPROMISE

The conflict between the two public desires for an efficient distribution service and for a pleasant environment is outlined, and methods for achieving a practical compromise are suggested. The cost penalties associated with such measures as the enforced use of small vehicles or transhipping will probably be unacceptable to freight operators, and a reasonable compromise solution, it is suggested, must accept large vehicles suitably constrained. Part of this solution is to make heavy vehicles for urban use more acceptable by redesign and by accepting new standards, and an initial study on design standards is under way. Suggested constraints on heavy vehicles include imposing restrictions on vehicles passing through particular streets or areas, on delivery periods and on access to areas outside defined industrial corridors. Some of the conclusions of recent studies on transhipment and consolidation are described; these indicate that although there is already substantial use by manufacturers and retailers, which would be expected to increase, most flows are unsuited to transhipment, and the cost is high in areas where there are no compensating savings in distribution costs. /TRRL/

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    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
    London SW1 25F,   England 

    Institute of Road Transport Engineeers

    1 Cromwell Place
    London SW1 25F,   England 
  • Authors:
    • FOULKES, M
  • Publication Date: 1976-5

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  • Pagination: p. 26-27
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  • Accession Number: 00138973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 3 1976 12:00AM