We­bPor­tal plan to cut air­port freight traf­fic

But Heathrow noise cam­paign­ers re­main ‘ap­pre­hen­sive’ about plan

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HEATHROW Air­port have re­vealed a one-of-a-kind tool to re­duce trucks on roads lo­cal to the hub air­port, in a bid to lower emis­sions.

The air­port say their new ‘We­bPor­tal’ aims to con­sol­i­date freight loads, as part of one of 10 pri­or­i­ties Heathrow has out­lined for this year in its new Blue­print to Re­duce Emis­sions, by en­cour­ag­ing freight com­pany part­ners to op­er­ate sus­tain­ably.

This por­tal, along with mea­sures such as pro­vid­ing an off-air­port dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre, in­creased mon­i­tor­ing of the use of lo­cal roads by freight ve­hi­cles, and tighter rules on ve­hi­cle li­cens­ing will en­sure the num­ber of freight ve­hi­cles will be main­tained at to­day’s lev­els for years to come, the air­port says.

Heathrow is the largest freight port by value in the UK, han­dling over 1.5 mil­lion tons of cargo a year, and has of­ten come un­der crit­i­cism for the pol­lu­tion as­so­ci­ated with it .

The freight ac­tiv­ity gen­er­ates a large amount of ve­hi­cle move­ments a day in the Heathrow area for ser­vic­ing, de­liv­er­ies and cargo op­er­a­tions, along with their re­lated emis­sions.

How­ever, bosses are adamant that adding a third run­way could go ahead with­out adding to emis­sions.

Heathrow’s pro­posed We­bPor­tal would be the UK’s first ge­o­graph­i­cally spe­cific sys­tem of its kind.

Sub­scribed mem­bers would ex­change and share in­for­ma­tion about any spare ca­pac­ity on their ve­hi­cles. Once a match has been found, oper­a­tors could then ne­go­ti­ate a price for this space amongst them­selves.

Nick Platts, head of cargo at Heathrow said: “Op­er­at­ing a cleaner, leaner and more ef­fi­cient freight op­er­a­tion is an es­sen­tial part of de­liv­er­ing on our am­bi­tion to be the best air­port in Europe for

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