Urban freight and city logistics
In the urban freight and logistics sector, the consultancy works for the European Commission, local and regional government and property developers, providing the following main services:
- Urban freight and logistics policy development for cities and regions
- Urban freight data analyses and traffic forecasts
- Feasibility studies for sustainable distribution services to and from urban areas
- Analysis of supply and demand for warehousing and distribution parks in and adjacent to urban areas
- Need, policy and transport cases on behalf of developers for rail- and water-connected distribution parks adjacent to urban areas.
As well as having extensive experience of using official and industry statistics and being able to draw on its consultants’ knowledge of the relevant markets, MDS Transmodal is able to produce analyses from its own unique set of databases and transport models:
- The Great Britain Freight Model (GBFM), an economic simulation model for Great Britain that can be used to test the impact of changes in the policy and market environment on freight flows and contains a database of freight transport flows by origin and destination and by broad commodity type.
- The GB Warehouse Database, a comprehensive database of the location, size and ownership of all large warehouses in Great Britain.
- The Logistics Model models the supply and demand for logistics space (large-scale warehousing) in Great Britain for any given geographic area up to a defined future year. It estimates the amount of logistics space that will need to be replaced using data from the Warehouse Database and calculates the amount of additional space that will be needed to accommodate future growth based on freight traffic forecasts from GBFM. It then calculates the net requirement once land from existing planning consents has been used up to provide outputs in terms of additional hectares of land required through the planning system both on rail-linked and road-link sites.
- In-house freight transport cost models for the road, rail and waterborne modes of freight transport.
To find out more about our work in this sector, request our Urban Freight & Logistics Capability Statement here.