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The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport

Allen, Julian and Browne, Michael and Leonardi, Jacques and Woodburn, Allan G. (2011) The role of urban consolidation centres in sustainable freight transport. In: Evangelista, Pietro and McKinnon, Alan and Sweeney, Edward and Esposito, Emilio, (eds.) Supply chain innovation for competing in highly dynamic markets: challenges and solutions. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, pp. 199-214. ISBN 9781609605858

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-585-8.ch013


The chapter considers the role that urban consolidation centres (UCCs) can play in helping to reduce goods vehicle traffic and its environmental impacts in urban areas. A UCC is a logistics facility that is situated in relatively close proximity to the area that it serves. Goods destined for this area are dropped off at the UCC, and are sorted and consolidated onto goods vehicles for delivery to their final destinations, often using environmentally friendly vehicles such as electric and gas-powered goods vehicles, and electrically-assisted cycles. The development of UCCs since their first appearance in the 1970s is reviewed and the various types of UCC categorised. The freight transport and logistics advantages offered by UCCs are discussed. Case studies of four recent UCC trials are included. The objectives, operational and financial aspects and impacts of these UCCs are compared and their critical success factors identified.

Item Type:Book Section
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:10970
Deposited On:30 Jul 2012 14:29
Last Modified:03 Sep 2013 14:50

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