The measure sought to reduce the number of large delivery vehicles entering central Bath by providing a facility, on the edge of the city close to the strategic road network, where goods can be consolidated for onwards dispatch in a smaller, electric vehicle.
Bath & North East Somerset Council worked in partnership with neighbouring Bristol City Council to establish the first urban freight consolidation centre in the UK which serves two cities. Bristol first set up a freight consolidation operation as part of the CIVITAS I VIVALDI project.
Goods for the participating retailers are being delivered to a warehouse outside of the city, next to the UK motorway network. These goods are consolidated for onwards dispatch into central Bath in pre-arranged time slots using a low emission electric delivery vehicle.