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

Allen, J. and Piecyk, M. and Piotrowska, M. and Cherrett, T. and McLeod, F. and Oakey, A. and Bates, O. and Friday, A. and Cheliotis, K. and Wise, S. and Bektas, T. (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. ISSN 1749-4729

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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.

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Journal Article
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World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research
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163511
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15 Dec 2021 14:40
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Published
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