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DfT-funded silent-night trial a success

  • 21 July 2010
  • By Chris Tindall

The first of six Department for Transport-funded quiet-delivery trials has been a success.

The month-long trial, which involved an as-yet unnamed retailer relaxing a curfew on store deliveries, attracted no complaints from local residents, claims Quiet Delivery Demonstration Scheme (QDDS) manager Chris Douglas.

This means the local authority will allow the store to continue receiving late-night deliveries indefinitely.

Douglas says two more trials will start in August, with another at the end of September.

The QDDS is being run by a consortium involving the Freight Transport Association, Transport Research Laboratory and the Noise Abatement Society.

“It is good news about the first trial,” Douglas says. “We also had buy-in from third parties, it was not just the retailer’s own fleet. No complaints were received and it has been agreed that the measures and the arrange-ments for deliveries will continue post-trial.”

Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, has been banned from taking deliveries after 7pm after locals complained about the noise.

A planning inspector found that “inconsiderate operation of deliv-eries outside of the permitted hours is plainly causing significant harm to residents’ living conditions” .

A Sainsbury’s spokesman says: “Naturally we are disappointed at the decision.”


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