Bus company Go Ahead has plans to use London buses to deliver parcels from online retailers including Amazon.
The company is looking for ways to boost revenue due to falling passenger numbers and is also looking into converting some of its bus depots into parcel delivery hubs while they are not in use during the day.
Go Ahead’s plans are also aimed at reducing the amount of traffic on London roads due to the large number of small delivery vans taking parcels to homes and offices. It’s estimated that 30% to 60% of deliveries to central London are now for personal use.
The Go Ahead Group is currently in talks with a logistics company about putting the plans into action.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is aiming for a 10% reduction in van and lorry use during the morning rush hour by 2026. He said: “Many van and lorry trips could be avoided or re-timed if freight and servicing activity were better consolidated.”