CLOCS presentation from Tip-ex 2015 available for download now

Over 70 delegates took time out from the Tip-ex and Tank-ex shows last week in Harrogate as CLOCS took the work-related road risk message out on the road.

Members of the CLOCS team, along with representatives from Lafarge Tarmac, Cemex, FM Conway and SiG took the audience through a range of presentations covering the standards, cultural change and technology shifts which are associated with CLOCS.

In addition, Road Safety GB, in association with Scania, took the opportunity to launch a new road safety initiative for schools.

Looking out for vulnerable road users is a crucial part of the Freight in the City safety message and we’ve got hold of the presentation for your review:

CLOCS: Looking out for vulnerable road users

Freight in the City Expo promises to solve sustainable urban freight challenges

Following the success of last year’s Quiet Cities Global Summit, Motor Transport publisher Road Transport Media is holding a one-day urban logistics event aimed at all stakeholders interested in enabling quiet, clean and safe deliveries.

The one-day Freight in the City Expo will combine seminars, an exhibition and guided tours all aimed at ensuring visitors have a comprehensive understanding of the issues around urban logistics.

“There are many challenges associated with delivering goods and services in the cities, with new standards, exclusion zones and charging schemes emerging,” said Andy Salter, MD of Road Transport Media.

“For all those involved in this sector, whether as a policy maker, consignor or commercial vehicle operator, it is essential everyone is aware of the implications and future requirements for urban logistics. Freight in the City is a forum to bring all the key stakeholders together to share ideas, information and solutions.

Freight in the City Expo will take place on 27 October at Alexandra Palace, London and will be free to attend.

“Our ambition is for the Expo to become an annual event for those involved in urban logistics to share information, best practice and their solutions to the challenges of using commercial vehicles in the city,” added Salter.

For more information about the Expo and to register your interest, click here.

Urban freight hubs could be a political vote winner, says London courier Fastlane

London-based global courier Fastlane International is calling on the UK’s political parties to introduce urban freight hubs to reduce congestion and emissions in city centres.

The parcel firm said the use of urban consolidation centres could be a vote winner, yet it has not been addressed by any of the major parties in the run-up to the general election.

Fastlane International head of PR, David Jinks, said: “A general election is the ideal platform for setting out bold ideas such as creating city freight hubs. Britain’s busy road freight network is essential to the success of our economy. However, it could be further improved by having HGVs deliver business, retail and domestic goods to freight hubs; rather than taking such large vehicles onto narrow city roads. These items would then be sorted and loaded onto smaller, greener, vehicles for final delivery into shops, work places and homes.”

He added that “in an election as tight as this one”, issues such as the development of urban hubs would be a bold idea to capture voters’ interest.

“In the first four days of January this year, London’s Oxford Street hit its entire air pollution legal limit for the year. Clearly a rethink is needed, and when is a better time for a clear political lead than at a general election?” said Jinks.

Retiming deliveries is key to keeping pace with London’s growth

Retiming deliveries outside of peak hours to cope with a “rapidly changing London” was tackled at a TfL conference this morning held in the capital.

Operators, businesses and local authorities were brought together to discuss the practicalities of shifting deliveries outside of the peak hours of 0700-13.00 to cope with London’s burgeoning construction boom and TfL’s £4bn road modernisation scheme works taking place.

TfL said that while not all businesses are able to retime, other options, such as rerouting or consolidating deliveries, can provide similar benefits.

London’s population is set to grow from 8.6 million people today to more than 10 million by 2030, and TfL said this demands careful planning for the safe and efficient movement of increasing volumes of goods on the capital’s roads – currently valued at £200bn each year.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE, London’s transport commissioner, said: “Never has the need to adapt been more pressing.  We must build on all the work we did together during the London 2012 Games to make further progress on retiming outside the busiest times, rerouting and consolidating deliveries.  This will mean less congestion, improved road safety and reduced costs for the industry and businesses.”

Fruit and Vegetable distributor Reynolds said it had been delivering to customers outside of normal business hours for many years now, often late at night or during the early hours, with customers benefitting from both convenience and fresher produce straight from its Herts NDC.

“There are logistical benefits for Reynolds too,” said Martin Ward, head of distribution at Reynolds, “which ultimately means the prices we charge our customers can be more competitive. Because roads are far less congested, especially in central London, larger vehicles can be deployed and more drops achieved on each route. What’s more, often we can utilise the same vehicle twice in a day, which makes great financial sense.”

Tim Slater, MD of Transport UK & Ireland at DHL, said sharing of best practice and technologQuiet Cities 2014y, such as DHL’s gas-powered concept vehicle laucnhed at Quiet Cities last year (pictured, right), would facilitate retiming of deliveries, “ensuring reliability, easing congestion and improving road safety”.

TfL is publishing postcode data of planned disruption for route-planning systems and communicating with 11,000 operators in the weekly Freight Bulletin. TfL is also providing tools such as a matchmaking service which allows operators and business to gain the support of all stakeholders at any location for retimed deliveries.

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Euro-6 gas HGVs displayed at CV Show 2015

Liquefied gas supplier Gasrec displayed the UK’s first dedicated Euro-6 gas-powered HGV on its stand at the CV Show 2015, which took place on 14-16 April.

The Scania tractor unit recently entered service with Argos and Gasrec said it has already been trialled by a number of other leading retail and logistics companies.

Plated at 40 tonnes GTW, the unit is equipped with Scania’s nine-litre, Euro-6 engine. Delivering 340hp (250kW) at 1,900rpm and 1,600Nm of torque between 1,100rpm and 1,400rpm. The engine is designed to operate solely on gas (compressed or liquefied) and offers a high thermal efficiency of 40%.

Argos will initially run five of the gas-powered trucks from its base at Magna Park in the Midlands. With an expected range of up to 450km, the vehicles will run on daily return to base operations filling up at a new open access refuelling station that Gasrec will launch later this year at Lutterworth.

They currently use Gasrec’s open access refuelling station at Dirft in Daventry.

Gasrec’s stand highlights the growth in popularity of liquid and compressed natural gas vehicle fuels and the increasingly strategic infrastructure supporting them across the UK road network.

At the CV Show, the company also displayed the UK’s first Daf Euro-6 dual-fuel heavy goods vehicle, an XF Euro-6, 12.9-litre, 460hp small midlift.

Dieselgas (formerly Prins Autogas), which shared the Gasrec stand, is the first company to successfully convert the new Daf Euro-6 vehicle to run on dual fuel (compressed natural gas and diesel).

Experts from both companies were on hand to answer questions about gas technology and conversions.

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Frankonia uses SevenEye to boost London multi-drop deliveries

London speciality baker Frankonia The Bread House has fitted SevenEye tracking technology to its three new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans working on multi-drop operations in the capital, which it said has helped enhance its customer service levels.

The speciality bread delivery operation requires vans to make between 60 and 90 drops per day, six days a week to restaurants and hotels on busy London streets.

Frankonia said the SevenEye tracking system enables the company to monitor the performance of the driver and accurately pinpoint the location of its vehicles, as well as an exact time of delivery in a densely populated street, which is critical for its early morning deliveries.

Kevin Devine, company secretary at Frankonia, said “We were able to set up the SevenEye tracking so that the data is broken down to very precise levels. Many of our customers are clustered very close together. In fact, on some roads in central London, we deliver more or less to every Gentleman’s Club, hotel or restaurant on that particular road.”

Frankonia specified the SevenEye Vehicle Tracking equipment from Seven Telematics, as well as upgrading the tracking system to include CANbus Integration.

It also uses SevenEye’s Geo-fencing function, which in addition to informing Frankonia of a delivery of bread to a customer, also sends text messages to that particular customer, which Devine said is a hit with end users: “In a busy top London hotel kitchen for example, this facility is incredibly useful to the chefs and makes their life so much easier within their hectic work environment.”


Econic to be offered with 8-speed PowerShift for wider urban role

Mercedes-Benz said its Econic municipal chassis is soon to be offered with an 8-speed PowerShift automated gearbox as an alternative to the current 6-speed Allison automatic box.

This will provide further scope for the Econic to be used in a wider urban role – such as distribution, tipper and mixer duties and as a skip-handler – in addition to its primarily intended purpose as a refuse collection vehicle (RCV).

Its low driving position and large glazed areas meet the demand for much improved cyclist and pedestrian safety in cities.

Confirming that the development and testing work for the new installation is under way in Germany, Mercedes-Benz UK sales engineering manager Nick Blake said at this year’s CV Show: “If you ask me if Econic will be better in this role with an 8-speed PowerShift, then the answer is of course, yes.”

The box is already matched to the same 7.7-litre OM 936 6-cylinder engine in Arocs, Actros and Atego units.

Mercedes exhibited several non-RCV Econics at the show, including the high-visibility rear-steer tridem 8×4 aggregates tipper for operation in London by Cemex Aggregates (pictured). The truck is based on the 3235L Econic, with its OM 936 engine rated at a nominal 350hp/1,400Nm. It has a Wilcox body and Edbro CX14 front end tipping gear.

  • Cemex is currently trialling a four-axle Econic tipper.The tipper is based at the company’s Angerstein Quarry site near Dartford in London and will supply sand and gravel to Cemex’s concrete plants and local customers in the capital. The tipper is fitted with a Wilcox Wilcolite insulated smooth rigid tipping body and is designed to take a payload of 20 tonnes, the same as a standard tipper.  The operator described the design as a marked step forward, as previous high-visibility design vehicles have had capacities of around 16 tonnes.


London Construction Consolidation Centre doubles in size as contractors realise benefits

The London Construction Consolidation Centre (LCCC) has more than doubled in size in the past 12 months, which it attributes to building contractors seeking alternative delivery methods to tackle congestion and local authority constraints they face in the capital.

Operated by Wilson James, the LCCC now comprises 12,000m2 of warehousing space – last month taking on a third 4,200m2 unit to handle additional volumes.

LCCC is currently servicing 15 major construction projects in the capital, including construction works at University College London and the Bloomsbury transformation programme.

The operation has achieved Fors Gold standard and recently won a City of London sustainability award for its work on tackling climate change and air quality.

Bob Dempsey, operations manager south, at Wilson James, said: “Given the severe delivery constraints and the restrictions placed on them by local authorities, more and more major construction projects in central London are realizing the benefits of consolidation logistics. Also coupled with the need for greater certainty of supply as well as delivering sustainability benefits.”