Logistics Skills Alliance launch 2025 Logistics Vision - a national platform

Electric vehicles - Over 30 thousand vans and two electric-only fleets at table for TfL LoCITY van group on Feb 4th

LSA chair Carl lomas was at the LoCITY TfL Van group this week to engage operators to exchange alternative fuel, clean air solutions for vans with ULEZ around the corner of the streets of London.

How will drivers learn to drive the new electric and gas technology? ULEZ April is big on everyone’s minds - from London to those entering London from Heathrow to Manchester. Cycle and consolidation solutions are always high in the discussions. Charging and infrastructure is the number one agenda item, availability of vehicles is also key.

Logistics Skills Alliance were in the City of London for all things future in our vehicle fleets.

Electrification of Montreal was the keynote opening for the two-day Future Fleet conference at Guildhall in the City of London.

Two days with a gala evening of Future Fleet Awards, agenda packed to busting from New York PD to City of London,

Biodiesel in Iowa to Stockholm for clean air with an exhibition of latest clean air vehicles to boot.

Speaker Programme after the break...

LSA brings you logistics dates every Wednesday in the LSA logistics flyer; looking at 2019 it’s time to check the big A-list dates for the logistics trade shows, beware Multimodal at the NEC has been moved back. Everything below is free to attend.

 The Wed logistics flyer from LSA also carries broader event details closer to the date, details from traffic authorities such as TfL, TfGM, FORS and LoCITY, these dates are added closer to the month so not to overload, you can receive the flyer free with an email request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Take a look at broader logistics dates below, too.


The April 8th 2019 deadline is fast approaching. Ultra Low Emission Zone, ULEZ, the TfL paperwork is arriving through the letterboxes for April 2019. Are you ready and have you checked your vehicles validity in the zone? If you believe it’s a Euro6, be sure to check on the register. Vehicles a few years old? - you may still need to sort out the paperwork if you are an 'early adopter' vehicle owner.


TfL is committed to working with you to achieve Vision Zero.’

Rich in national operators. City of London Corporation showcased City Square mile freight at TfL full house at Palestra for peak period freight meeting.

Opened with paramedic road traffic video by Vicky Lebrec from Roadpeace, ‘I was hit by a tipper truck

Focus on Vision Zero. ‘It's not just those run over, it’s the driver too.

Two wheels are becoming a key solution to congestion in the final mile of delivery. The national showcase event is Motorcycle Live at the NEC and LSA were on location to look at everything powered two-wheel; the electric options, petrol, licence, FORS and the MCIA views at their AGM.

Summary keynotes below and an exclusive photo gallery for your own tour.

On-demand a reality but not carbon-free.

Bonnets up – hands-on reality of EV motors

In the Heartland of logistics hotspot, Heathrow, operators scored where logistics will be in 2025. While the group unanimously believed 5G would be commonplace, no-one believed we would have carbon-free deliveries by 2025.

At the heart of the summit were electric vans, hands-on and available; LDV large van 120-mile solutions to touch and feel with the Nissan small van sat side-by-side for comparison.

Masterclasses from TfL, FORS and GLA followed, alongside operator input and education vision for freight to Express Manager Degree explained with solutions to use your levy tax and build your workforce to the next generation, both from within and at recruitment...

LSA followed the green signs for Freight in The City.

Top of the N22 hill, Scania trucks at the front door of the Ally Pally venue, a monster-sized John Lewis double-deck trailer inside; a forum to debate the challenges and explore the opportunities that continue to emerge in the urban logistics sector.

Alex Williams TfL key comment noted the freight plans for the future, Ian Clough DHL and Rob Fowler DPD spoke express delivery and Ben Farrell John Lewis of retail delivery overtaking high street sales.

Latest trucks and vans in the exhibition hall, Renault EV below the Palm Court window, Gnewt volume van electric at the organ end of the Grand Hall. Seminar room had all topics, avoiding PCNs, counter terrorism, all the way to direct vision, it was an exceptional opportunity to bump into chums, network and talk clean air above the London smog of the City and West End. If you did not make it, take a look at the snaps gallery below.

Hosted at London Met University – Training and the new Trailblazers are part of the clean air solution.

Rob Scott GLH Asking the sustainability question about lithium supply chain & mining.

LSA chairman Carl Lomas chairs the TfL light vehicle LoCITY event, October session was hosted in the heart of the City of London at London Met University with Costa coffee breaks to talk all things express, final mile, last mile and question the ethics of lithium supply chain.

Carl Lomas chairing with Donata MacCrossan for TfL with DfT in the room for a varied discussion; tech to training, to review clean air as a success for everyone.

Operators, retailers and academics in the standing room only, hot house of all things clear air for final mile. Guests and group members from vehicle manufacturers including LDV to retailers, John Lewis & Sainsbury’s, a host of operators, Fedex, ZE Cargo, GLH, Mango, Addison Lee and more using all forms of energy, hydrogen, LPG, electric-only and hybrids.

Dwain McDonald, CEO of DPD commented, ‘This is a hugely significant announcement for us with Westminster set to be the first of a series of all-electric DPD depots.

The new 5,000 sq ft facility on Vandon Street will be known as DPD Westminster and will have capacity to deliver 2,000 parcels a day utilising an all-electric fleet.

DPD has invested over £500,000 refurbishing the site including the introduction of a state-of-the-art electric charging system that will enable the deployment of electric vehicles without major infrastructure upgrades.

Using all-electric vehicles in both the inward feed of parcels to DPD Westminster, and the final mile deliveries, DPD will initially see a reduction of 45 tonnes of CO2 per annum. This will increase as more all-electric vehicles and depots are introduced into the DPD's all-electric network.

More than the trucks, version five, powered two wheels and vans.

Conference chairman, Brian Weatherley, ‘FORS is not standing still, it is growing and developing to help you deliver the very best practice.’

LSA were in Birmingham wearing blue FORS Lanyards for this week for a bacon sandwich breakfast at the National Motorcycle Museum. It was time to take a look at the FORS national conference exhibition and sit in on the keynotes and service provider’s exhibitions/surgeries.

Two wheels and vans find their way into the version five launch - it’s a decade on from the beginning of the standard. Updates across the grades of bronze, silver and gold and a true national footprint aimed at driver training, fleet safety and clean air. CLOCS and Driver Vision Standards all on the deliveries.

Taking a look at the future path for FORS, lessons from Parliament former MP, Robert Flello, founder of the Parliamentary Freight Transport Group


Warehouse skills challenge on the pallet trucks and seminar keynotes on apprenticeships in logistics.

In a green number plate week of top level logistics deals the Logistics Skills Alliance hosted the Heathrow chamber logistics showcase cargo and logistics (C&L) event at its dedicated Feltham warehouse delivering hands-on, real world logistics from fork truck to driver CPC. Heathrow expansion for freight, congestion at the horseshoe, Trailblazers, levy, sorting apprenticeships from express to LGV and freight forwarding all on the agenda.