The City of London Corporation has announced it has approved its first last mile logistics hub for Amazon Logistics to consolidate deliveries across central London, reduce traffic and cut harmful emissions.
The Planning and Transportation Committee said it approved the initiative which will transform 39 car parking spaces into a hub for Amazon.
The committee added that the initiative to deliver parcels will be undertaken by e-cargo bikes and people on foot, removing large numbers of delivery vehicles from city streets reducing the impact of motorised freight vehicles in the City.
Alastair Moss, chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said: “The Amazon Last Mile Logistics Hub alone will take up to 85 vehicles off the roads each day, meaning up to 23,000 less vehicle journeys in central London every year.
“The City Corporation’s ambitious Climate Action Strategy sets a target of reaching net zero carbon emission by 2040 and radical initiatives, such as the Amazon Logistics Hub, will be key in realising that goal.”
He added: “We are determined to deliver better air quality and to improve road safety for our residents, workers and visitors. This commendable scheme delivers on both counts.”
The corporation said it aims to deliver two additional Last Mile Logistics Hubs by 2022 with an aim for a total of five hubs to be up and running by 2025.
Kerry-Anne Lawlor, country director at Amazon Logistics, said: “Amazon is excited to have been chosen by the City of London Corporation as its partner for its first Last Mile Logistics Hub, supporting it in delivering freight targets laid out in the Transport Strategy.
“Amazon is committed to building a sustainable business for its customers and the planet, and last year co-founded The Climate Pledge – a commitment to be net-zero carbon across its business by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement.”