A new zero-emissions delivery hub which will revolutionise parcel deliveries in Bristol has launched, helping to cut congestion and air pollution.
The hub has been introduced by green logistics service Zedify with the backing of a £100k grant from the council and will provide a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trikes.
The brand-new depot will be centrally located and will allow HGVs and diesel vans bringing goods into Bristol to drop off their goods without entering the city centre. Zedify’s model consolidates inbound packages with local deliveries, and each route is then completed on a cargo bike or trike, carrying up to 100 packages or 200kg.
It’s part of the One City Plan to have 95% of deliveries within the city centre made by electric vehicles within 10 years.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport, said: “Removing polluting vehicles from our city centre is vital to help us tackle the issue of air quality in Bristol.
“We want to continue to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles entering the city and encourage onward journeys to be done by zero-emission vehicles. This will help us improve air quality and contribute to our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. “Freight consolidation is a way of removing freight vehicles from our roads. It helps reduce the negative impacts associated with heavy traffic which are often experienced most by people living in areas of deprivation.
“We are looking forward to working with Zedify to help us reach our ambitious goals.”
Zedify Bristol’s new depot is part of a national urban network, with nine other micro-consolidation hubs across the country.