Kerb-Dock: Cross Docking Project

River-to-road deliveries for greener, safer, smarter and sustainable logistics in London.

Impact on Urban Health and Grid Smarter Cities piloted the innovative Kerb-Dock project in partnership with London Borough of Southwark. 

This cutting-edge solution helped to address traffic congestion, improve air quality and noise pollution enabling river-to-road logistics transfer adjacent to Bankside Pier. The initiative looked at how space in congested areas with multiple users can share space on a bookable system. The platform helped to support safe and efficient multimodal transfers of goods, benefitting logistics operators, landowners, local authority and residents.

This initial innovative project has now closed but the bays are still live and available to book.

The Kerb-Dock benefits the community

Helping logistics operators deliver NetZero strategies, improve efficiency, and ensure safety for delivery drivers.

Kerb-Dock was piloted to help businesses and logistics operators look at how future freight strategy will change in cities.

The project identified from other studies that the cross docking environment will be essential for scaling or removing road mileage from freight journeys, it is a very delicate environment with a multitude of stakeholders. By investigating the management of this space will help to make safe and informed decisions collectively for less congested cities for the future. 

The Kerb-Dock project aimed to used by selective operators who are currently delivering to the area and will share lessons learnt with a wider range of the freight sector. 

Kerb-Dock provides certainty through the advanced booking of designated delivery locations along the Bankside Pier which can allow for increased use of the river as a sustainable artery, while also delivering a solution for existing road based deliveries to local businesses who want to do this more efficiently whilst minimising their impact to the environment and community.  

By dynamically managing urban spaces, seamless transfers of freight from river to road can be done more efficiently, speeding up the transition to more zero-carbon last mile delivery modes such as electric vehicles (EVs) and cargo bikes.

Using a ‘dynamic kerbside management’ approach allows spaces to be used for different stakeholders at different times of the day. With better management of spaces between users enabling a safer and cleaner environment for pedestrians, vehicles and businesses.

If you are a freight operator in the area around Bankside, please register to use the bays. If you are interested in talking to us about a cross docking project please email us at [email protected]


We aim to help reduce carbon emission and improve air quality in the area by decreasing the amount of delivery miles circling on the road.

Operational Efficiency

Helping businesses to operate efficiently by reducing the amount of lost time and resources due to unnecessary extra travel whilst looking for appropriate and safe space to load or unload goods.

Drivers' Safety

Pre-booking reducing the uncertainty and stress that impacts on driver safety and  safe and efficient delivery of goods - reducing risks of accident and other safety issues for drivers and vulnerable road users.

Avoiding PCN Charges

Pre-booked loading slots and digitally lifting restrictions, allowing vehicles to park on designated spaces which are integrated with local authority enforcement teams allowing a compliant kerbside.

Working to help improve air quality and noise pollution for the residents around Bankside Pier in Southwark.

Kerb-Dock was an innovative on-street solution that allowed space for freight deliveries to be booked. This aimed to help reduce the impact of commercial deliveries on local air quality, noise pollution and traffic congestion, enhancing the lives of local residents.

By better managing this street space, freight activities transferring from river to road set out to operate in a safer and more efficient way.

In addition to the pre-booking of space, there was two ‘smart signs’ – the pavement facing sign showed the local air pollution forecasts level for the next few days, whilst the street-facing sign showed who has booked the space. Additional air quality and noise data was monitored during the project to measure the impact of activities in this environment.

Using this ‘dynamic kerbside management’ approach also enables spaces to be booked at different times for different business, resident and community uses throughout the day – leading to safer, greener and more equitable & liveable environments for pedestrians, residents, and local businesses. 

Find out more about the Kerb-Dock Project.


We aim to help reduce carbon emission and improve air quality in the area by decreasing the amount of unplanned delivery vehicles on the road.


We aim to investigate impacts of congested areas by monitoring air quality and noise at the pilot locations.


We aim to establish a system that ensures safety of all users including delivery pedestrians and all users of multi-functional space.

Shared Spaces

Optimising urban spaces to become shared spaces across local communities.

The river-to-road logistics journey.

By utilising the river as a sustainable delivery artery, logistics transfer operations can be managed more efficiently and successfully with less impact to bottom line, and road traffic and air pollution.

Working together to help the community and the environment for a greener and sustainable future.

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