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Urban freight concepts and practice: Would a traditional UCC scheme work?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Tom Zunder, Dr Marin Marinov


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This paper aimed to show that planner-led UCC solutions are untenable in the modern liberal economy. Our analysis suggests that the top down imposition of a Urban Consolidation Centre (UCC) works only in clearly controlled domains. We have studied urban freight concepts and practice and it is our contention that most UCC initiatives fail in a liberal economy where free choice and market economics apply. In underpinning this contention we have compiled, analysed and categorised a set of the UCC schemes known to have operated, left evidence of their existence, and been captured by the research community. In this paper we present two case study examples that show that within the construction sector UCCs can be utilised successfully to create efficient and forward-thinking logistics operations. Whilst it might be true for the construction sector, we have not found evidence that it might be true for other sectors.

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Author(s): Zunder T, Marinov M

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Transport Problems: IInd International Conference

Year of Conference: 2010

Publisher: Silesian University of Technology