February 1, 2021
Press Release/ Zedify Bristol Launch
An innovative new zero emissions delivery hub which will revolutionise parcel deliveries in Bristol has been launched, helping to cut congestion and air pollution. Leading green logistics service Zedify has received a £100,000 grant from Bristol City Council, which will be invested in a fleet of electric cargo bikes and trikes, as part of the One City Plan to have 95% of deliveries within the city centre made by electric vehicles within 10 years.
The funding from Bristol City Council is part of Go Ultra Low West, a £7m transport project that will provide infrastructure for large scale conversion to electric and ultra-low emission vehicles in the West of England.
Councillor Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Transport, said: “Removing polluting vehicles from our city centre is vital to help us tackle the issue of air quality in Bristol.
“We want to continue to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles entering the city and encourage onward journeys to be done by zero-emission vehicles. This will help us improve air quality and contribute to our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“Freight consolidation is a way of removing freight vehicles from our roads. It helps reduce the negative impacts associated with heavy traffic which are often experienced most by people living in areas of deprivation.
“We are looking forward to working with Zedify to help us reach our ambitious goals.”
The brand new depot will be centrally located and will allow HGVs and diesel vans bringing goods into Bristol to drop off their goods without entering the city centre. Zedify’s model consolidates inbound packages with local deliveries, and each route is then completed on a cargo bike or trike carrying up to 100 packages or 200kg.
The Department for Transport and Energy Saving Trust’s research shows that over 50% of all deliveries taking place in European cities have the potential to be made by cargo bike.
Local businesses in Bristol who are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic with a home delivery model can benefit from Zedify’s same-day local delivery service. Cargo bike deliveries are extremely cost effective and efficient. With a depot at the edge of the city centre, businesses can take advantage of flexible collection and delivery slots which suit them and their customers.
Zedify Bristol’s Managing Director, Simon Whitehead, said: “With online retail booming, having grown by around 70% in 2020, the logistics sector has been brought into the spotlight. At Zedify we are proud to be shaking things up, not only through our green delivery model but also by paying all our staff a real Living Wage. Bristol businesses now have a truly ethical, sustainable and cost effective option for sending and receiving packages.”
Zedify Bristol’s new depot is part of a national urban network, with nine other micro-consolidation hubs across the country. On a mission to transform city centres, Zedify’s approach helps cities become more liveable spaces with cleaner air, safer streets and less congestion.
- Zedify offers a complete logistics service for local businesses who need flexible deliveries within their city as well as national deliveries via carrier partners.
- We work closely with e-tailers and third party carriers, to offer time-sensitive and ethical collections and deliveries for the first and last mile of their journey.
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