Enabling sustainable development of urban freight from a local authority perspective
Doktorsavhandling, 2012

On the path towards sustainability for the urban area, local authorities make decisions that affect freight transport. However, local authorities might not always be aware of the effect their decisions and policy making have on freight transport and its stakeholders. The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to the enabling for local authorities to include freight in urban transport planning for sustainable development. In order to get urban freight on the overall transport planning agenda for the local authorities, there is a need to understand urban freight transport of today and what sustainable urban freight transport is. The complexity could be illustrated through a description of the stakeholders, the key mechanisms as the outcomes of their interaction as well as the drivers and barriers to sustainable urban freight transport. In this thesis seven qualitative studies have been performed, based on case studies of cities in northern Europe, in order to get a comprehensive picture of the situation as well as how to handle it. The conclusion of this thesis is that in order for local authorities to include freight transport in the overall transport planning, there is a need for resources and information. There are several possibilities, where freight partnerships, information exchange and increased capacity in personnel at local authorities are some, but it is necessary to include relevant stakeholders in the process. To work with freight transport, a thorough transport planning process is essential, whereby urban prerequisites and stakeholder requirements are taken into consideration. Contributions from this thesis consist of four main areas: the development of a framework identifying and separating actors and stakeholders; the enhancement of mechanisms that influence the urban freight transport situation; the development of an assessment framework for the involvement of stakeholders through urban freight partnerships as a step towards the inclusion of freight transport in the overall transport planning; and, finally, the development of a transport planning process model in order to help local authorities to work with freight transport, highlighting the importance of defining the problem and taking into consideration the urban context and stakeholder requirements, evaluation and good dissemination.

transport planning


urban freight transport

freight partnerships



local authorities

Vasa C
Opponent: Dr. Allan Woodburn


Maria Lindholm

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Logistik och transport

The impact of urban freight transport: a definition of sustainability from an actors perspective

Transportation Planning and Technology,; Vol. 31(2008)p. 693-713

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Challenges in urban freight transport planning - A review in the Baltic Sea Region

Journal of Transport Geography,; Vol. 22(2012)p. 129-136

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Did you ever think of how the pair of shoes got from the manufacturers’ to the shop in the inner city where you bought them? Maybe you have been frustrated over a truck blocking the way of the display window of you favourite shop or one of the parking spots just where you wanted to park your car? The trucks are not in the urban area just for fun, but for bringing goods to shops and restaurants or providing services that are needed. However, the awareness of how those goods transports are performed are low at local authorities, which leads to, sometimes, conflicting policies or regulations that decreases their efficiency. This thesis addresses this issue and aims at contribute to how local authorities can include freight as a natural part of the overall transport planning and thus move towards sustainable urban freight transport.


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Doktorsavhandlingar vid Chalmers tekniska högskola. Ny serie

Vasa C

Opponent: Dr. Allan Woodburn

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