The amount of freight miles that are being covered is increasing year upon year with urban areas becoming more complex than we’ve ever seen them before. The 21st century urban environment has extremely dense levels of population and has subsequently needed massive investment into the infrastructure, investment is crucial to cope with the increased population which leads to urbanisation of cities and towns throughout the United Kingdom.
Urban environments have spread across the United Kingdom and many places such as Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Glasgow have all been urbanised. The infrastructure and investment in these places has meant a rapidly increased population, investment in certain areas will always draw more people there as job vacancies and opportunities to progress are higher as a result of the investment in the economy. Statistics show that the number of people living in urban areas during 2006-2016 grew from 80.2% to 82.84%, although 2% may not seem like a large number London has a population of around 10,000,000 so this would account for an extra 200,000 people moving into London alone during this period. Today, more than half of the population live in urban areas and 1.5 million people are added to the global urban population every week.
All of these external factors have a knock-on effect to our everyday life’s, the level of miles that are being covered by companies operating in the logistics and haulage industry delivering produce is at an all time high. As well as this they are also having to deal with massive delays and traffic issues on the road, part of the investment in infrastructure has been spent on upgrading to smart roads and motorways in an attempt to solve the traffic crisis hauliers are facing. However, at the worst of times travelling a simple 90-mile journey can take anywhere from 2-6 hours.
Safety initiatives such as FORS, CLOCS and WRRR have been developed in an attempt to combat some of the issues that we are facing with urbanisation and traffic levels, offering companies the opportunity to learn best practice in certain scenarios and increased awareness of how to deal with the latest road issues. These initiatives offer a number of different aspects for commercial vehicle operators to benefit from such as safety equipment, training courses and guidelines for efficient safe driving. All of these provide drivers with a way to better understand and deal with the urban environments of the 21st century.