Isuzu recommends freight-focused urban planning


Governments face challenge to implement freight transport strategies that allow efficient movement through urban centres, Isuzu says

Isuzu recommends freight-focused urban planning
Isuzu believes truck-friendly cities need to be a focus.

 

Australia’s major cities, where 80 per cent of the nation’s economic activity occurs, are becoming increasingly crowded; as people flock to the big smoke chasing employment, housing and opportunity.

The issue with that, Isuzu says, is transport needs to be able to move through urban centres while minimising the environmental and social impacts of heavy vehicle traffic.

The Japanese manufacturer believes the big challenge governments face down under is how to implement freight transport strategies that allow efficient goods movement through urban centres.

This is no small task, with road congestion predicted to cost the Australian economy $20.4 billion a year by 2020, legislators know they need to act decisively.

What’s been done already

Australian states and territories have formulated strategies for how the freight industry’s projected growth will impact the roads in their jurisdiction.

The councils governing capital cities have also devised plans to help drivers move their heavy vehicles through urban areas with as negligible an impact on city infrastructure and amenities as possible.

What’s currently in the works

Governments are recognising ways to maximise efficiencies in land use planning, the area of urban planning responsible for the effective development of space.

There’s a push to concentrate industrial land around transport corridors to boost efficiencies and minimise disruption to other road users.

This heightened focus on land use planning is accompanied by recognition of the importance of road infrastructure investment.

This means building roads that can handle trucks hauling a full load– day in, day out – and bridges that won’t give your trailer a haircut when you go under them.

Accompanying the measures is a widespread understanding that urban areas need clear and accurate signage regarding loading zones and which roads trucks can and can’t be driven on.

These efforts are designed to simplify truck drivers’ lives and minimise disruption and delays on our roads.

The freight transport industry’s growth is also impacting how cities approach housing and development.

For example, the Brisbane City Council has identified its preferred freight network, meaning new developments slated for heavily trafficked roads will have to meet extra building requirements including setting structures back from main roads and installing double-glazed windows, to ensure residents’ comfort.

What the future might hold

Isuzu believes that as Australia’s urban population continues to grow and the demand for goods increases, it will become more important for businesses to find less invasive ways to deliver freight.

Light and medium-duty trucks, like Isuzu’s N and F Series ranges, are examples of the types of vehicles we’ll see more of in urban environments.

While the future of freight transport remains in a state of flux, Isuzu says one thing is certain: as the landscape of major cities continues to evolve, so too will our expectations of how goods will be delivered.

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