Courier hub helping ease CBD congestion
15 February, 2017
CBD couriers will be able to continue to use dedicated parking spaces, secure cages and lockers with the Transport for NSW courier hub trial extended for another 12 months.
Since January 2016, Transport for NSW has been using the Goulburn Street Parking Station space provided by the City of Sydney as a distribution and collection point on the fringe of the CBD for couriers and businesses.
CBD Coordinator Marg Prendergast described the courier hub as “an innovative alternative to driving vans into the heart of the CBD” and said the trial aimed to reduce the number of vehicles on the streets of the city.
“Over the past year, eight courier companies have been testing the hub by transferring parcels from vans to couriers on foot and bicycles that then make deliveries to customers throughout the CBD,” Ms Prendergast said.
“On average, the couriers are using the hub 60 times a day to help keep Sydney’s offices and shops open for business.
“So far, we’ve had really positive feedback with operators telling us it has helped improve their service to customers.”
When operating at full capacity it’s estimated that in one year the hub could help ease congestion by saving 26,000 kilometres travelled by van in the CBD and reducing loading zone usage by around 4,600 hours.
The courier hub is part of a suite of trials being developed by Transport for NSW to assist businesses as the CBD is transformed and to accommodate future growth.
To find out more about freight and servicing in the Sydney CBD, visit our Freight and Servicing page.
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