WebPortal plan to cut airport freight traffic
But Heathrow noise campaigners remain ‘apprehensive’ about plan
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