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Mobility Measure

A Freight Logistic Plan for Rethymno is under development, aiming to optimise the goods delivery routes and reduce environmental and social impacts in the city, with the active involvement of logistics stakeholders.
Sustainable Freight Logistics Plan

Rethymno is developing a Freight Logistic Plan with an emphasis on logistics management for key tourist areas and the historic city centre, with the active involvement of stakeholders as an urban logistics advisory group. A Pilot Logistics System will be tested to coordinate freight operators and hotel suppliers’ routes based on demand.

Implementing sustainable mobility

Rethymno will develop a Freight Logistics Plan with an emphasis on logistics management for key tourist areas and the historic city centre. Stakeholders will be involved in the form of an urban logistics advisory group. A Pilot Logistics System will be tested using an online platform that coordinates freight operators' and hotel suppliers’ routes based on demand. The measure also includes eco-driving training for freight drivers to maximise environmental benefits.

The following points are the things to achieve:

  • Improved operation of freight distribution to optimise the supply of goods to the historic city centre.
  • Testing new approaches for efficient management of freight delivery, addressing needs related to both supply and demand.
  • Reducing the amount of logistics fleet circulating in the city centre, and in the process traffic congestion;
  • Decreasing noise and air pollution created as the result of freight distribution.
  • Improved skills of freight drivers (both safe and eco-driving).

Actions foreseen include:

  • Data collection, analysis of logistics activity, including freight movements in the city, seasonality and product transportation to other areas;
  • Operation of an urban logistics advisory group, involving logistics companies and key stakeholders;
  • Launch of a pilot system to manage freight distribution in the city’s historic centre;
  • An online platform to coordinate freight activity based on demand;
  • A feasibility study for a cooperative enterprise business case to undertake the operation of the system and platform after the testing period ends;
  • Safe and eco-driving training for freight drivers.

How did the measure progress?

The activities implemented so far are:

  • Public procurement for awarding the contract(s) for SULP data collection and analysis and SULP development.
  • Data collection for the SULP baseline, which included interviews with freight operators/ logistics companies.
  • SULP preparation: this involved the engagement of key stakeholders, assessment of supply and demand sides’ needs, and the identification of priorities.
  • Bilateral consultation meetings and the first workshop with stakeholders.
  • Development of an action plan for the pilot freight solution.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

The expected outcomes of the measure are:

  • An approved Urban Freight Logistic Plan for Rethymno.
  • An urban logistics advisory group, including freight logistic companies.
  • An action plan for a unified freight system in the historic centre.
  • A six-month pilot project to coordinate freight operators, hotel suppliers and retailers.
  • Safe and eco-driving training material and sessions held with freight drivers.