SURFLOGH solutions for street renovation impacts

21 February 2022 - Published by Deirdre Buist
As part of the SURFLOGH extension, the City of Mechelen will test tailor-made green logistic solutions for a shopping street under construction. During the course of the renovation work planned in the Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat, there will be extremely limited traffic access – seriously impacting shop supplies and deliveries. The CityDepot hub offers an alternative service so that retailers and residents can receive their parcels with as little interruption as possible.


Onze Lieve Vrouwestraat is being renovated

Two-way flow 

In a nutshell, all street occupiers are advised to change their delivery address to that of the CityDepot hub in Mechelen-Noord.  At the hub, orders are consolidated and consequently delivered to the door at set times using cargo-bikes or small electric vehicles. Customers can also opt to do their own pick from the depot. The hub also collects goods – creating a two-way freight flow.  To facilitate the couriers and speed up the process, Mechelen has provided the hub with an exclusive parking space close to their yard.

Stakeholder communication

Plans are now in place and as the street renovation works are set to start, our Flemish partners are preparing to initiate this next trial.   They are communicating personally and through various media channels – including a webinar - with the affected stakeholders, retailers and delivery services regarding the temporary changes. The SURFLOGH consortium is eager to discover how much this sustainable logistics service, provided with our project's support, can alleviate the inconvenience and impact on business.


The City of Mechelen communicate through various channels with affected logisitics stakeholders

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