A night delivery scheme for inner-city delivery was developed to relieve the Dublin inner city area from goods transport. The programme involves Dublin City Council, the Dublin City Centre Business Association, major distributors and retail chains, and property developers
Background & Objectives
A detailed analysis of the delivery processes and vehicle structure in the inner city area of Dublin was made. The survey aimed to identify a logistics regime and configuration that justifies the use of urban delivery centres and eco-friendly vehicles offering a more sustainable solution for managing freight deliveries in the historic Dublin city centre.
The survey resulted in the development and demonstration of different scenarios to relieve the Dublin inner city area from goods transport. The scenarios considered were:
- Scenario 1: External consolidation at an Urban Distribution Centre;
- Scenario 2: Platforms for “Last Mile” deliveries;
- Scenario 3: City Centre Access Control;
- Scenario 4: Eco-Friendly Vehicles and Ancillaries.
Within scenario 4, a night delivery scheme for inner-city delivery was developed, being one of several measures to be demonstrated in Dublin.
Scenario 4 was driven by the need to minimise noise for night deliveries. Alternative fuel options were examined,concluding that:
- Electric vehicle and hybrid electric vehicles could not be recommended on grounds of practicality and cost;
- Experiences with CNG trials by Dublin Bus were disappointing;
- Bio diesel does not give lower noise or emissions on the street;
- Low noise diesel propelled vehicles and ancillaries are the most realistic options;
- LPG propelled trucks are regarded as realistic clean fuel option for day time.
Within the follow up demonstration “silent” HGV and low noise ancillaries were employed considering the results from the Dutch Piek programme on reducing noise levels in the evening and the night, of supply traffic and loading and unloading activities in residential areas.
The aim was to achieve a target level of 65 dB(A). The extra costs related to the modified equipment including roll cages, electric refrigeration, silent tail gate etc. could not exceed Euro 8000.
The demonstration was successful in the way that modified low-noise diesel vehicles and ancillaries were identified as a realistic option for night deliveries.
Following the survey and demonstration a follow-up programme was initiated with the aim to bring low noise, low cost products and systems to the market that can facilitate more sustainable night distribution and that will comply with the acoustic norms to be set by Dublin City Council (by 2008) in accord with the EC directive on noise.
An important objective is to develop modified low noise ancillaries that can be fabricated by Irish based companies who should see this as an opportunity to respond to a changing marketplace.
More information on this initiative on the NICHES website: www.niches-transport.org