A zero-emissions delivery service will come to Croydon as part of an innovative project to improve air quality around London Road.
Love London Road, Love Clean Air will play a big part in council efforts to transform the stretch of the street between West Croydon Station and Thornton Heath Pond, into a healthy high street while boosting businesses.
The £695,000 project includes £325,000 funding from the Greater London Authority and will see the creation of an emissions-free delivery service local businesses will have the chance to use. This will see their deliveries being stored at a nearby depot, where they will be transferred to a zero-emissions vehicle that will go on to deliver their goods.
The funding will support the project over three years, and the council will host pop-up events and regularly monitor the air quality in the area to see what difference the scheme is making to air pollution.
Newly-planted trees and hedges will welcome visitors to the Low Emission Neighbourhood and parking spaces along the street will be transformed with planters filled with lichens and other plants that trap pollutants.
Local businesses will also be able to bid for small grants to make sustainability improvements and help them encourage staff to travel into work in a more environmentally-friendly way. This could include encouraging cycling by installing bike storage areas or showers for employees who may choose to run to work.
“We are always looking for new ways to tackle the climate and ecological emergency we face and this scheme will create a zero-emission delivery hub that we expect to help improve air quality in the area.
“London Road is already a fantastic community hub and I’m looking forward to seeing it transform into a healthier high street for residents and businesses to enjoy.”
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport