Improving air quality is at the heart of the new Labour Council’s ambitions. One of our biggest challenges is the increasing number of vehicles on our streets delivering online purchases direct to residents’ homes and to offices.
To decrease the number of CO2 emissions from delivery vehicles we are setting up a micro-logistics hub in Pimlico from where online purchases will be delivered by electric cargo bikes. Based in the Q-Park car park in Cambridge Street, the hub will receive the parcels from an electric delivery vehicle and then distribute them by electric cargo bikes in the surrounding area.
It is estimated that cargo e-bikes will deliver about 2,000 parcels a day from the hub to residents and businesses, thereby reducing congestion, pollution, and fatalities. The company appointed to run the hub already operates five existing hubs in London and has also agreed to share important data and insights, such as CO2 emissions savings and the number of collections/deliveries.
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Cabinet Member for City Management and Air Quality, said:
“We hope the new Pimlico micrologistics hub will be operational at the end of February. If the Pimlico hub proves successful, we will look to open more micrologistics hubs across Westminster.”