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Management and Organizational Schemes for Urban Consolidation Systems within a Liberal Economy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Marin Marinov



This paper aimed to show that traditional urban consolidation schemes based on the top-down ‘city-logistics’ approach have failed and that a planned solution only works where the space concerned is controlled. We have adopted the approach of a multi-disciplinary literature review, expert knowledge, classification of UCCs that have left data and a synthesis into a proposed innovative market solution. We detailed the context of urban freight transport in the European Union, of the EU Single Market, of UCCs to date, of the emergence of market methods in previously planned sectors, and of the development and progress towards road pricing. A simple categorisation and analysis of previous systems was made that concluded that the existence of a controlled location could aid a traditional UCC scheme to work, but that it was the UCC initiatives that were private ventures that showed the greatest success. From this we argued that transport planners are not the best group to manage or organise commercial freight schemes in urban areas, but rather should use market mechanisms to achieve their sustainability goals. We proposed a draft outline of a market based solution for urban logistics, criticised and reflected upon it and proposed that it is an innovative solution worthy of further development and research. We call upon fellow researchers, policy makers and stakeholders to build upon this proposal and begin further evaluation and development.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zunder T, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: PANAM 2010-XVI Pan-American Conference of Traffic and Transportation Engineering and Logistics

Year of Conference: 2010

Date deposited: 07/09/2010