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Urban Freight Distribution

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom ZunderORCiD, Dr Paulus AditjandraORCiD, Dr Dewan Islam, Maciej Tumasz, Bruce Carnaby



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Edward Elgar Publishing , 2016.

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Since the industrial revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries the development of urban and transport planning has been shaped - in both capitalist and communist societies - by the parallel utopianism of modernism and garden cities, accelerated in Europe by post war reconstruction. The development of first rail and then road has allowed cities to break free from the concentration on local resources. In this chapter, freight in cities is placed in this context. Sustainability is strongly affected by transport and therefore a strong relationship exists between freight planning and the development of urban freight strategies that have been promoted across the developed world. Freight partnerships, urban ‘distribution’ centres, delivery windows, freight and urban citizens, receiver-led initiatives, clean vehicle initiatives, low emission zones and road pricing are all discussed to contextualise the current challenges facing urban freight in the developed urban setting. The chapter argues that, unlike passenger travel, freight is the lifeblood of a modern city, with the challenge being how freight should balance social, economic and environmental issues, in order to realise an agreed level of sustainability.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zunder TH, Aditjandra PT, Islam DMZ, Tumasz MR, Carnaby B

Editor(s): Michiel C.J. Bliemer; Corinne Mulley; Claudine Moutou

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Handbook on Transport and urban Planning in the Developed World

Year: 2016

Pages: 106-129

Print publication date: 26/02/2016

Acceptance date: 06/01/2016

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

Place Published: Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA


DOI: 10.4337/9781783471393

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781783471386