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Stantec and Grid Smarter Cities launch new research to improve London’s freight delivery challenge

LOADS EASIER report sets out how implementation of a digitalised kerbside management scheme is a greener, smarter solution for improving freight access in London


  • Kerbside management helps to ease congestion, reduce impact on the environment and air quality, and improve safety on the capital’s roads
  • A kerbside management scheme in London has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by 15,000 tonnes per annum - equivalent to removing 12,600 cars off the road
  • 21 per cent more deliveries could be enabled with improved operational efficiency for freight operators
  • Drivers would not face the hassle of finding safe and suitable kerbside locations to park - saving 3 million hours in wasted delivery driver time per annum across London
  • A kerbside management scheme could reduce freight, servicing and delivery kilometres by 20 million per annum in London
  • London boroughs could introduce Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure at locations for ‘graze’ charging
  • A kerbside management scheme could generate up to £140 million in revenue for London per annum

New research by Stantec and Grid Smarter Cities shows how the impact of freight, servicing and delivery vehicles on the city’s road networks can be improved by a kerbside management scheme. The report, LOADS EASIER: Unlocking the power of the kerb, builds upon research reports by the Centre for London which outline how dynamic kerbside management is a viable solution to meet the growing demands and challenges in London’s freight delivery access. The London First report also looks at the growing challenge of freight access in London and the need for radical change.

Growing consumer demand and the rising trend in quick, hassle-free delivery culture has a substantial impact on congestion, air quality with direct effects on communities. By 2030, the demand for parcels will have more than doubled in London. Limited city kerbside access and navigating narrow streets put a toll on freight operators and delivery drivers who spend time and mileage idling and circling for suitable delivery points.

Freight, servicing and delivery vehicles in London:

  • Make up 23% of all road transport CO2 emissions, 33% of NOx, and 29% of all PM2.5
  • Make 400,000 freight trips in the city a day – with a 54% increase in van kilometres in the past 25 years
  • Drivers spend an average of 149 hours stuck in traffic a year

‘Kerb’ is a kerbside management platform with sector specific tailored solutions to help flexibly and dynamically manage the kerbside. Stantec assessed the kerb products using the Department of Transport’s Transport Appraisal Guidance. As part of the assessment a range of parameters and metrics were defined such as delivery slot duration, kerbside capacity and kerbside demand. These assumptions were then used to examine the performance of the products in different urban settings and to compare costs with benefits for both kerb owners (local highway authorities) and kerb users (delivery companies).

By using the management platform, freight drivers can book slots for access, deliver goods and services to the right place at the right time, supporting delivery certainty and reducing Penalty Charge Notice penalties. They can also book in advance, so that more deliveries can be offloaded within the same time frame. A bookable kerbside means cities have more flexibility in how scarce kerb space availability can be used better, reducing circling delivery vehicles and congestion and helping to improve air quality and reduce emissions. A dynamic kerb space could be a loading bay in the morning, cargo bike delivery bay in the afternoon, street eatery or parklet in the evening and taxi rank by night. 

Multiple groups of society will benefit from a platform including London boroughs, freight operators, the environment, and local communities with better urban realm for visitors and residents. The solution has been designed with delivery drivers at the core of the user experience.

David Bowers, Director of Transport, Stantec, said: “Our analysis shows that better management of the kerbside could bring a wide range of economic and financial benefits to delivery operators and road users by reducing the need for vehicles to circulate whilst looking for a safe space to make a delivery – which in turn helps reduce causes of congestion and emissions and makes delivery operations more efficient.”

Neil Herron, Founder and CEO, Grid Smarter Cities, said: “We have a unique opportunity to showcase London to the world with the implementation of a dynamic, bookable kerbside management solution that reduces congestion, improves air quality and enables businesses and communities to receive goods and services more efficiently.

“This report creates a methodology and quantifiable value of those benefits and a process that can be replicated and scaled for other cities. The analysis validates the value that dynamic kerbside management can bring to cities and its citizens, to operators and to the environment - offering a 'win-win' for all. Let’s now begin the process of turning these proof points into action.’’

Read the LOADS EASIER: Unlocking the power of the kerb full report here:

The research findings and the benefits of a kerbside management scheme have been further explored in a webinar today featuring Stantec, Grid Smarter Cities, Logistics UK, British Parking Association, Brewery Logistics Group and E-cargo bike delivery specialists. The panel discussed issues such as challenges currently faced by retailers and delivery companies, potential benefits of digitising the kerbside, mapping and digitalising kerbsides, TRO and regulatory regimes, managing and enforcing digital kerbside management, and the future of kerb space.

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About Grid Smarter Cities
Grid Smarter Cities is a technology and software solutions company founded in 2009, specialising in kerbside management solutions for commercial freight. It has 15 granted patents across several territories covering kerbside delivery, servicing and construction sectors.

Grid has assembled a unique team and suite of solutions to address the full complexity of freight servicing and delivery challenges. Grid’s award-winning solutions have attracted worldwide interest from cities, transport & infrastructure companies, consultancies, and strategic international investors.

Grid’s mission is to improve journeys and lives by curating an ecosystem of connected technologies that enables equitable and sustainable access within communities.

Media Contacts                               
Alicia de Haldevang                                                           
UK Public Relations Manager, Stantec

Seline Shaw
Marketing Lead, Grid Smarter Cities

Notes to Editors:
The Grid Smarter Cities report: LOADS EASIER: Unlocking the power of the kerb for smarter and greener deliveries

The Grid Smarter Cities webinar can be viewed here: LOADS EASIER: Unlocking the power of the kerb for smarter and greener deliveries

The Centre for London report: Worth the Weight: Making London’s deliveries greener and smarter

London First report: For the goods of the city

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