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Urban Freight Concepts and Practice: Would a traditional UCC scheme work?

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


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The aim of this research is to show that planner-led UCC solutions might be untenable in the modern liberal economy. Our analysis suggests that the top down imposition of a Urban Consolidation Centre (UCC) works only in clearly controlled domains. We have studied urban freight concepts and practice and it is our contention that most UCC initiatives fail in a liberal economy where free choice and market economics apply. We have compiled, analysed and categorised a set of the UCC schemes known to have operated, left evidence of their existence, and been captured by the research community. Two case studies are presented that showed that within the construction sector UCCs can be utilised successfully to create efficient and forward-thinking logistics operations. Whilst it might be true for the construction sector, we have not found evidence that it might be true for other sectors.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zunder T, Marinov M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Transport Problems

Year: 2011

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 87-95

ISSN (print): 1896-0596

Publisher: Politechnika Slaska, Wydzial Transportu