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Consolidation test aiming for a better street environment

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

In the area north of Hamngatan in central Stockholm, an in real life test where the goods are collected and driven out by a carrier has recently started. The aim is to reduce the traffic of large vehicles during the day and make it easier for the recipients who receive all deliveries from one carrier at one time.

Foto som dels visa en tårta med texten "Nu samlastar vi" och sedan en illustration som visar hur samlastning går till

Broad participation in the test

The City of Stockholm has initiated the project, which involves twelve different business of property owners AMF fastigheter, Fabege, Pembroke and Vasakronan. 

All goods will be collected in Årsta, south of Stockholm, and then driven by a transporter into the city center during nighttime in an electric vehicle. There, a transshipment is made to a smaller electric vehicle that delivers all goods from several suppliers that are going to the same recipient. 

The goal is to reduce the traffic of large vehicles during the day and make it easier for the recipients who receive all deliveries from one carrier at one time instead of several and spread out over the day. In addition, emissions and noise are reduced. In the long term, it may be relevant to develop the test with additional flows, such as waste and for businesses and services that aim to create a better delivery experience.

- It is very gratifying that the property owners want to be involved and contribute to calm, attractive and emission-free street environments and that several of their businesses have joined the test. By participating in the test, the operations are also preparing for the City's introduction of environmental zone class 3, says Victoria Herslöf at the City of Stockholm.

Several advantages with pooling

The aim is to investigate, understand and test what is required to achieve a working collective loading solution.

Some of the advantages of pooling for businesses:

  • Deliveries arrive at one point during the day.
  • Combined deliveries mean more time for core business.
  • The delivery comes from the same operator, which increases the conditions for personal service.
  • Less traffic and less emissions from their deliveries.
  • Overall, it contributes to a calmer and more attractive urban environment.

Learning and developing by doing  

- The test started on March 6 and will be carried out in different phases throughout the year. In order to improve the test, the plan is to have quarterly workshops where we capture the participants' experiences and adjust the test based on that input'', says Jack Lu, project manager. The first workshop will already be held in March and test 2.0 is expected to begin in May, followed by similar arrangements in the autumn. At these holding points, we are opening up so that more businesses can join the various test rounds until the turn of the year 2024/25.