DPD has backed plans from the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL) aimed at transforming how deliveries work in the capital, as it was confirmed that the courier company will also be opening a third electric depot in the Capital.

The Freight and Servicing Action Plan was announced yesterday in a collaboration between the Mayor of London’s office and TfL. The new policies look to reduce levels of freight emissions across London’s 33 boroughs, and provision infrastructure which will allow more sustainable last-mile schemes.

DPD opened the UK’s first all-electric depot in Westminster in October 2018, with their other electrified facility based in  . The Westminster facility is completely emission-free for both incoming parcels and last-mile deliveries, serviced out by a fleet of electric vehicles. £500,000 has been invested in the site, including into extensive charging infrastructure, and the depot serves a two-square mile delivery radius in the heart of Westminster. DPD’s new 100% electric depot will be situated in Park Lane and the company already has more electric vehicles on order.

The Freight and Servicing Action plan sets out how the industry can continue to meet the needs of London’s growing population and economy, whilst decreasing the number of freight vehicles entering central London by 10 per cent over six years.

DPD’s Chief Operations Office, Justin Pegg commented; “We fully support the plans outlined by the Mayor and TfL.  We are working with them and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver our vision for London.  DPD’s central London van fleet already meets the ULEZ standard, but we are looking to go further and create an all-electric fleet and a new network of micro depots across the capital.  Micro depots mean shorter journeys, fewer vans on the road and zero emissions. 

He also acknowledged there are still barriers to overcome.

“While we already have two all-electric micro depots open, there are still challenges to be overcome in terms of electrical infrastructure upgrades, site availability and the supply of electric vehicles on the scale we need for an all-electric fleet across the whole of central London.  But by working in partnership with TfL, landlords and the other major stakeholders, we are well on the way to making deliveries more sustainable and safer.”

The outlined initiative actions include:

  • Encouraging Londoners to use more sustainable delivery options such as ‘click and collect’ and greener delivery slots;
  • Expanding the number of TfL sites housing click and collect lockers by launching a tender to bid for space in TfL stations and open more lockers across the network;
  • Making smarter use of TfL and borough land by identifying plots that could be used for distribution centres, which are vital to encouraging sustainable last mile delivery methods such as cycle freight;
  • Reducing harmful emissions caused by freight movements by launching the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone in April this year.