British Land secures planning for net-zero London logistics hub

British Land has secured planning permission for a net-zero carbon emission logistics hub in Kingdom Street, Paddington Central.

The project will provide inbound access to HGVs with outbound deliveries via smaller electric vehicles — aiming to remove around 100 large vans a day from Westminster’s roads.

A 2009 UCL cited study, using electric vehicles to deliver parcels from a micro-hub in the London, showed a 20% reduction in total distance travelled and a 54% reduction in emissions per parcel.

The former Crossrail site will serve the entire Westminster area and is expected to save three times the carbon absorbed by all the trees in Hyde Park.

Mike Best, head of logistics at British Land, commented: “The post-pandemic demand for ultrafast deliveries comes with major impacts on emissions, air quality, congestion and road safety — which urban logistics hubs can combat.

“Replacing traditional vans with sustainable electric vehicles and bikes can deliver carbon savings, alongside the wider positive impact on air quality and [the] wider environment for local communities.”

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