Freight transport in lanes dedicated for public transport - evaluation and concept development

The City of Stockholm, PostNord, Chalmers Technical University and Sustainable Innovation wish to examine if it can be advisable, under certain conditions, to allow freight transports in public transport lanes. Can such measures be implemented without that the public transport’s punctuality is negatively affected? In that case, what does it mean for total transport accessibility and what will be the effects on fuel consumption and the environment? The area is relatively unexplored but it is likely that well designed solutions can reduce the urban transport energy consumption and emissions, while also transport costs could be reduced. A prerequisite is that the concept around the solution is developed, in terms of what kind of transport that should be allowed during which time frames and on which routes, so that the weighted impact is as positive as possible. In this context, solutions that dynamically take into account the current traffic situation are especially interesting.

Partner organizations

  • PostNord (Public, Sweden)
  • Stockholms stad (Public, Sweden)
  • Sustainable Innovation (Non Profit, Sweden)
Start date 01/01/2015
End date The project is closed: 31/12/2016
​The project analyses if it can be advisable, under certain conditions, to allow freight transports in public transport lanes. Can such measures be implemented without negative impacts on the quality of public transport? In that case, what are the improvement potentials for urban logistics operations, energy efficiency and the environment? The area is relatively unexplored but it is likely that well designed solutions can reduce the energy consumption and emissions of urban transport, while also transport costs could be reduced.  

The project aims to develop the concept by analyzing the factors which determine the outcome of providing freight access to bus lanes, including what kind of freight transport should get access, during which times of day, on what routes, etc. In this context, solutions that dynamically take into account the current traffic situation are especially interesting.

The project is connected to Northern LEAD research centre and Urban Freight Platform.
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External partners
​Sustainable Innovation, The City of Stockholm, PostNord
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Funded by

  • Swedish Energy Agency (Public, Sweden)

Published: Tue 24 Mar 2015. Modified: Thu 31 May 2018