Boris Johnson calls for more “click and collect hubs” to combat London congestion
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has called on the transport and parcel delivery industries to help reduce city congestion by “building up a more sensible system whereby click and collect stores and hubs are in people’s neighbourhoods”. Johnson said that London’s community of office workers are increasingly doing their shopping online and arranging for their purchases to be delivered at work. And he said that, while he understood how “amazingly convenient” this might be for the online shoppers, it was “unquestionably causing congestion because you’ve got so many deliveries now on the streets of London”.
Johnson was quoted as saying: “You’ve got to reduce freight and you’ve got to have a system where big trucks come in, dump the stuff in hubs and then smaller, more environmentally friendly vehicles are able to distribute it through the city in a more logical way.
“We have too many huge, heavy vehicles thundering through the streets without anything in them and we can sort that out.
“We also need to look at managing freight during peak hours and seeing what we can do with the freight operators to reduce that without doing damage to the London economy.”