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Using transport optimisation software to improve deliveries in congested, urban areas

The use of transport optimisation software has become essential for any significant fleet operating within the UK’s urban areas. In recent years, we have seen operational challenges such as road restrictions and congestion worsen, piling added pressure on urban delivery networks, so it has been important for the technology to evolve to help operators mitigate the impact of these issues.

The availability of detailed mapping data offers powerful levels of intelligence which when incorporated into transport planning systems provide more accurate routes. For example, street level mapping offers detailed road layout information including one-way systems and left/right turn restrictions, while truck attribute data helps to avoid vehicle restrictions such as low bridges or roads with weight limits. Comprehensive road speed data from organisations like INRIX also enables companies to calculate highly-accurate routes and schedules based on actual data. Using transport optimisation systems like Paragon that can efficiently make use of this data, allows transport planners to automatically factor in these restrictions to avoid unplanned and costly detours and disruptions.

The latest software functionality can help transport planners build routes that comply with the London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS), and other time-sensitive route restrictions. The large number of time-related HGV restrictions cause a considerable headache to road transport business operating in Greater London and beyond, not only increasing the planning burden, but also adding miles to many journeys and raising the risk of costly penalties. By creating rules that apply approved route deviations at specific times of the day, week or month by truck type, operators can minimise costs, the risk of incurring penalty fines and the potential disruption to the business.

Having access to more detailed transport optimisation software will ultimately allow planners to perform better in the urban environment. Taking advantage of better mapping data will enhance the performance of planning software, so that transport operations can improve the productivity of their fleet, provide highly-accurate information to customers, and minimise delivery costs when operating in towns and cities.

As more cities look to impose clean air zones and potentially charging for congestion, does the role of optimisation become more important for efficient deliveries?

Transport optimisation is all about making the most of available resources, so has a massive role to play when operators are looking to minimise their environmental impact. Such systems are already helping companies avoid excess mileage and empty running. This can have a dramatic impact on lowering carbon emissions, while at the same time reducing the number of vehicles that are subject to congestion-based charges. The software can also look at alternative routes outside of controlled zones, contributing to less urban traffic and avoiding unnecessary costs.

You can find out more about how Paragon customers are benefiting from transport optimisation software here. Or alternatively get in touch to talk to one of our experienced team about your transport operation.

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