Part of this has been due to the introduction of new schemes and initiatives to help ease congestion and keep the supply chain in the capital moving.
Here, Adrian Russell, managing director of European palletised freight network Pall-Ex, tells Warehouse & Logistics News how the company has played its part and why it is aiming to create a logistics legacy.
Back in May, we announced plans to launch a new overnight service in an attempt to combat the traffic disruption anticipated in London over the summer, delivering in affected postcode areas between 6pm and 6am.
After the first week of operation, we were able to unveil figures showing that four per cent of our pallet volumes in London migrated to the new overnight offering. Customers have included some of the capital’s leading businesses and major high street brands.
This new service has already made a big impact in a relatively short space of time. Over the coming weeks, we expect pallet volumes to continue to grow.
It is being supported by our TWINE IT system, which is closely monitoring the traffic and event schedules, providing constant updates on address accessibility and the overnight service necessity.
At an exceptionally busy time in London, we are making sure that the supply chain continues to flow and that businesses can continue to operate as normal.
When we launched the service, we offered a guarantee for every single pallet in the postcode areas likely to be affected. This is a promise that we are more than delivering on and will continue to do so.
There has been a lot of talk about legacy in the last few months, and Transport for London has been particularly vocal about this. We aim to make this a permanent addition to our London offering, tailoring it slightly to run from 6pm until midnight every evening. We want this to be seen as a positive legacy initiative, operating on a continual basis and helping to ease congestion in the city throughout the year.