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Freight Traffic Control 2050 Project Final Symposium

March 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

‘Fast, Green & Free Deliveries: Overcoming the Last-Mile Challenge in Urban Transport’

This is a joint symposium put together by the Freight Traffic Control project (www.ftc2050.com) and ITS (UK).

The event will involve industry, local authority and academic speakers along with a networking poster session covering four linked themes:

1) Customer behaviour and current Last-mile operating patterns

2) The future of the last-mile from the operators perspective

3) New systems to help address the last-mile

4) Infrastructure and policy needs for the last-mile.

The day is designed to inform on the current challenges facing the last-mile logistics sector, the range of innovative approaches being used by companies to address these, and the ways in which regulatory and land-use policies towards freight might be re-visited to improve service and reduce environmental impacts.

If you would like to attend then please register here.


Chair: Geoff Clarke, AECOM / ITS UK

09:30 – 10:00
Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:10
Welcome and Introductions

10:10 – 10:30 Keynote Address: Phil Blythe, Chief Scientific Adviser, DfT Office for Science, Department for Transport

10:30 – 11:30
Customer Behaviour and Current Operating Patterns

* Parcel Delivery in Central London: Current Operating Patterns and Future Challenges, Tom Cherrett, University of Southampton
* Fast, Green & Free – Winning Over the Online Shopper, Maja Piecyk, University of Westminster
* Serving the Online Grocery Shopper, Phil Greening, Heriot-Watt University
* Q&A with all speakers

11.30 – 12.00
Poster Presentations
* Developing a Dashboard for Last-Mile Freight Traffic, Kostas Cheliotis, University College London
* Co-designing Digital Services for Collaborative and Sustainable

Logistics, Oliver Bates, Lancaster University
* Optimised Routing Strategies for the Last Mile, Tolga Bektas, University of Liverpool
* Agent-Based Model of Grocery Deliveries in Cambridge, Pratyush Dadhich, Heriot-Watt University
* Impact of Electric Vehicles on the Home Delivery Network Design, Nadia Ameli, Heriot-Watt University

12:00 – 13:00
Lunch + Poster Q&A Session

13:00 – 14:00
Panel Discussion: Future of the Last Mile: Operators Perspective
Moderator: Ian Wainwright, Future City Logistics
Panellists: Sam Clarke, Gnewt Cargo; Dervla Gallagher and Jonathan Smith, APC; Ali Kagalwalla, CitySprint; Andy Wilson, TNT;

New Systems for the Last Mile
* Drones, Autonomous Vehicles & Droids for the Last-Mile (TBC)
* Collaboration in Action – the Highlands and Islands Consolidation Model, Fraser Maclean, Menzies Distribution
* Re-introducing Portering to London: Concept to Reality, Tom Cherrett, University of Southampton & Sam Clarke, Gnewt Cargo
* Q&A with all speakers

15:00 -15:30

Infrastructure and Policy Needs for the Last Mile

* Mitigating the Impact of Last-Mile Deliveries on Kerbside Space and Road Occupancy (TBC)
* Last-Mile Logistics in London: A Policymaker’s Perspective Tom Rice, Transport for London
* Planning Policy and Land Use for Last-Mile Logistics, Amy Gilham, Turley
* Q&A with all speakers

Symposium Close


March 8, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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