Road congestion will increasingly impact upon the functioning of Melbourne’s freight network, with time spent on congested roads projected to increase by 20 per cent by 2030. This presents a considerable challenge in maintaining freight efficiency, productivity and liveability. The recently released Victorian freight strategy, Delivering the Goods, identifies last mile freight – the final stage of delivery to the customer’s door – as being one of the most significant impediments to Victorian freight movement. The City of Melbourne has also identified this as a priority in planning for future freight movement to reduce congestion and impacts upon liveability.
This policy brief highlights four areas in which government can address last mile freight obstacles: integrating last mile freight in land use planning; establishing last mile distribution and consolidation centres; facilitating freight industry uptake of transport logistics technologies; and developing the capacity for real-time freight management and planning.