Our ‘Managing the West End’ seminar on Friday morning was attended by almost 100 WPA members and stakeholders to explore the issues around freight, servicing and deliveries in the West End.
Hosted at Savills, Kevin Mofid (Director of Research at Savills) welcomed guests before David Kaner (West End Partnership [WEP] and Covent Garden Community Association) gave an opening presentation about the importance of better managing freight and servicing deliveries for air quality, traffic congestion and other local impacts on residents, visitors and businesses in the district. A copy of the presentation can be found here.
Brian Bickell (Chief Executive of Shaftesbury and Chair of the WPA Transport and Infrastructure Committee), then moderated a panel comprised of industry experts who discussed a number of key topics including what support was needed to encourage small businesses to change their behaviour; practical and easy ‘wins’ that everyone could do to reduce congestion; the opportunities arising from tech and innovation; and the role and responsibilities of local councils, the GLA, landlords, business networks and BIDs, in promoting industry best practice in freight and servicing consolidation.
Panellists included Jo Boyd-Wallis (Strategy and Policy Manager at TfL); Fiona Jenkins (Associate at Steer); and David Kaner.
Copies of the key reports relating to this seminar are below.
WEP’s Freight & Servicing Strategy published May 2018 (report here)
TfL’s ‘Freight and servicing action plan’ published March 2019 (report here)
The National Infrastructure Committee’s ‘Freight Study Report’ published April 2019 (report here)