Historic cities such as Siena, Aalborg and many ‘old towns’ within larger conurbations suffer excessively from the congestion and pollution that 21st century transport brings. You can ban the cars, but what about the problem of delivery vans and trucks? Researchers hope they have an answer.
Under the European Commission’s IST programme, the EDRUL pilot project investigated and tested an innovative e-logistics platform and services to manage freight distribution in such urban areas. The project partners specifically designed the initiative with historic centres in mind, and four European cities (Siena, Lisbon, Aalborg and Eindhoven) were enrolled in the programme.
EDRUL looked specifically at how to improve the management of freight forwarding for urban areas where vehicular access is restricted. The partners developed a kind of Web agency to provide portal access for booking deliveries and load exchange in such areas.
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