Goods transport plan

Urban distribution encompasses logistics activities and the transport of goods to supply businesses, institutions and other consumers in urban areas. It concerns all deliveries to and from cities, such as deliveries to supermarkets, retail shops, companies, offices, institutions, building sites, waste disposal sites, bars, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, etc. and also the transport of goods produced by Brussels companies.

Like many regions and cities in Europe, the Brussels-Capital Region is facing difficulties in organising the transport of goods. Although freight transport only represents a relatively small share of total traffic, it generates problems of accessibility, viability and safety in the city.

In order to optimise these goods flows and make them more efficient, the Region has drawn up a plan developing a general policy strategy for goods transport which :

  • guarantees the supply of the city
  • limits nuisance
  • aims to integrate with the development of logistics activities in the Region
  • takes into account the Region's commitment to sustainable development

Several actions included in the plan have been carried out: a pilot project for an urban distribution centre, company delivery plans, analysis of flows, inventory of logistics real estate, etc. Other actions are still being developed; they concern, in particular, time-shifted deliveries, a local delivery area for large areas under construction, a consolidation centre for construction materials, specialisation of roads and parking for heavy goods vehicles, and a system for recognising sustainable transporters.

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