Aberdeen’s buoyant city centre retail and leisure economy is a principal focus for the city region, and sits adjacent to the harbour. The city centre is a declared Air Quality Management Area, and suffers regular periods of congestion throughout the day.
Recognising these challenges, previous work supported by the Interreg programme have supported research into both city centre deliveries, research into freight distribution hubs, and European best practice. This work has pointed towards benefits in encouraging commercially led clusters of freight and distribution activities, encouragement of value led supplier activities, and support in best practice with respect to managing environmental impact (low/zero carbon fuels for distribution), efficient asset management, and supplier/end user collaborations.
The CIVITAS project provides the opportunity to continue the development of the freight gateway concept, for the benefit of city centre activities, due to the realisation of the city centre masterplan, revised strategic road network, and complementary linkages with the development of Aberdeen’s Hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.