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Freight TAILS City Updates Winter 2016/17

07 March 2017

Find out more about the 10 Freight TAILS partner cities’ progress in working with their multi-stakeholder URBACT Local Groups (ULG)*, and developing their Integrated Action Plan (IAP)* focussed on tackling issues arising from urban freight transport in their city.

Stakeholder Groups: the majority of Freight TAILS partner cities have established their multi-stakeholder groups and are making good progress in understanding their urban freight management problems, and considering potential actions. 

Maastricht runs a core multi-stakeholder group, as well as small working groups organised around their priority topics of HORECA (hotels, restaurants, and cafes), waste management for Wyck (living lab) and the city centre.

Umeå ran a very successful first ULG workshop on 17th November 2016 and achieved a consensus of the core issues from the stakeholders present.

Freight TAILS cities are working hard to ensure specific challenges are successfully met, including stakeholder group membership – ensuring the right organisations are represented; meeting timing – to ensure all stakeholder are present; meeting focus – to ensure all stakeholder remain engaged and motivated.

Data: The issue of whether there is enough data available to establish both their urban freight management problem and potential solutions has been raised in many Freight TAILS cities.  Many cities are undertaking data gathering exercises to inform the development of their urban freight management Action Plans.

Gdynia is working with their local university to establish their data requirements.  They have developed a data collection methodology with their UGL, and undertaken test surveys with local business owners.  A survey is scheduled for Spring 2017, and the results will be available later in the year.

Parma undertook a survey of local business owners in their historic city centre during November 2016.  The results of this work, together with planned interviews of the vehicles entering the limited traffic zone, will inform the ULG’s development of their urban freight management action plan.

Split has sent a survey to its ULG members to understand their concerns and involvement in urban freight management in the city.

Tallinn is working with their local university to gather data.

Action Plan focus:  Many Freight TAILS cities are working towards the development of a strategic document that will outline how urban freight transport should operate in their city.  We are referring to these strategies as a SULP (sustainable urban logistics plan), which links to the well-established concept of a SUMP (sustainable urban mobility plan).

La Rochelle has procured external expertise to help them develop a SULP for the city.

Suceava is working on both the SUMP and SULP in parallel, and is seeking to identify measures and activities to make deliveries more environmentally- and life-friendly.

Other cities are developing urban freight plans focussed on very specific geographic areas of their city.

Brussels is focussed on deliveries to the specific streets of Stalingrad Avenue and Lemmonir Boulevard.

Other cities are taking a more thematic approach to their action plans.

Maastricht is focussed on urban freight transport related specifically to hotels, restaurants and cafes; packages; and waste management in the Wyck district of the city and beyond.

CRP (representing central London) is developing a focussed online tool which sets out actions that businesses as end users can take to influence the movement of urban freight in the city.

We welcome input and feedback to our developing action plans! Contacts for each Freight TAILS partner city can be found here.

* The URBACT Local Groups (ULG) is a multi-stakeholder group that comes together in each participating city to co-create the Integrated Action Plan (IAP).  The IAP focuses on addressing the local policy challenges arising from the Freight TAILS theme of urban freight transport.  More information on this URBACT methodology can be found at

For more information on Freight TAILS please contact project co-ordinator Charlotte Knell, Cross River Partnership,