Bath Chronicle

New­comer helps city to de­liver on its green tar­gets

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A new eco-friendly way of hav­ing post de­liv­ered has now ar­rived in Bath.

WEGO Couri­ers has re­cently set up a lo­cal, zero-emis­sion cargo bike de­liv­ery ser­vice to en­cour­age peo­ple to buy lo­cally and to make Bath a more cy­cle-friendly city.

The com­pany has been run­ning for more than 21 years and has now es­tab­lished a small par­cel con­sol­i­da­tion site in Bath on the Lon­don Road, near Mor­risons.

WEGO ar­rived in Bath in Oc­to­ber 2019 and re­ally only be­came ac­tive af­ter the lock­down re­stric­tions were lifted in July of this year.

The firm moved to the area af­ter win­ning a ten­der from Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil to re­duce pol­lu­tion from freight traf­fic.

It is now de­liv­er­ing around 70 to 80 parcels a day by bike and uses high-speed rail and elec­tric vans to trans­port pack­ages around the UK to reach WEGO’S other sites in Lon­don, Le­ices­ter and Not­ting­ham.

The team are en­cour­ag­ing on­line par­cel de­liv­ery com­pa­nies to work with them so that they can con­sol­i­date de­liv­er­ies from diesel vans onto cargo trikes for the “fi­nal mile” in and around Bath.

They are cur­rently work­ing with YODEL to take its parcels, trans­fer them onto cargo bikes and take them on the last leg to their fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. Chris Beat­tie, founder and owner of WEGO, said: “The bikes are per­fect for the small, con­gested streets and to nav­i­gate around, even though they are hilly. We have to ac­com­mo­date the hills but the bikes are per­fect for that.

“It’s a steep learn­ing curve, as steep as the hills in Bath!

“If we all still look to the car as the best so­lu­tion we’re not go­ing to get any­where fast. As well as try­ing to solve the freight is­sues and chal­lenges around pol­lu­tion in Bath, we’re try­ing to look at the big­ger pic­ture and en­cour­age a greater use of more sus­tain­able trans­port.

“The planned Clean Air Zone re­stric­tions will cer­tainly help us to en­cour­age more busi­nesses to switch to a greener de­liv­ery op­tion.”

The firm is also link­ing up with lo­cal re­tail­ers and car­ry­ing out a WEGO lo­cal home de­liv­ery ser­vice.

For more in­for­ma­tion about WEGO visit we­go­couri­ers.co.uk

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WEGO Couri­ers of­fers a lo­cal, zero-emis­sion cargo bike de­liv­ery ser­vice

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