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Government kick-starts work on Future of Mobility Grand Challenge New plans could be the start of an

A wave of electric cargo bikes, vans, quadricycles and micro vehicles could replace vans in UK cities as part of plans to transform last-mile deliveries, vastly reducing emissions and congestion around the country. There are already 300,000 HGVs and over 4,000,000 vans on our roads and with online sales continuing to increase, this is likely to increase further. But new green delivery vehicles could replace the millions of conventionally-fuelled vans which are currently a common sight in city centres. The plans are being outlined today (30 July 2018) as part of 2 government documents which offer a glimpse into how technology could transform transport, making it safer, more accessible and gre

Annual Cartmarking at the Worshipful Company of Carmen

Regular readers will appreciate my commitment to ensuring that lessons of the past are fully recognised in planning for the future. Transport is the lifeblood of commerce and since the City has always been a central hub of the nation’s prosperity, The Corporation of the City of London has exercised its rights over carts and carriers, regulating the trade of these 'Carmen' since 1277. Whilst some might view Livery Companies of the City as archaic institutions, they have and continue to have a vital role in the life of the City. By the 16th century, cartage was costly, sewage was uncollected and the City needed help. The challenges have a familiar ring. The Carmen obliged. They formed ‘th

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