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New government guidance on more out-of-hours deliveries to reduce road congestion

New guidance published by the government to help freight operators to manage out-of-hours deliveries, and so help reduce day time congestion, was announced by Transport Minister Stephen Hammond this week.

Quiet deliveries’, was developed following trials held by local councils before and during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

According to Stephen Hammond, "The London 2012 Games were extremely successful and proved that with the right planning, we could reduce the number of delivery vehicles on the road at key times when roads are likely to be more congested, such as rush hour."


Techniques to minimise disturbance to residents and free up peak time road space

The guidance helps freight operators and retailers plan their deliveries using techniques to minimise disturbance to residents and will help to free up peak time road space for other road users and reduce congestion. It will also help reduce the impact of carbon emissions and lead to more reliable delivery schedules.

Trials of out-of-hours deliveries were held by local authorities in 2010 and a temporary code of practice issued in 2012 by Transport for London for the Olympic Games.

The new guidance provides a guide to establishing a scheme. It consists of separate sections for retailers, hauliers, local authorities and construction firms. A further section for community groups is promised to follow shortly.

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