London buses could become part of Amazon’s delivery network under new plans to link unused public transport with logistics services.
Transport company Go-Ahead is reportedly in talks with logistics companies to convert some bus depots into delivery hubs, with plans potentially also leading to empty buses being used to transport packages around the capital.
The news comes as transport companies aim to boost revenues, and the number of delivery vans on the road is thought to be causing congestion. London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s draft transport strategy recently noted that: “Many van and lorry trips could be avoided or re-timed if freight and servicing activity were better consolidated”.
Commenting on the reports, a spokeswoman for Go-Ahead said: “Go-Ahead is always looking at ways to maximise its assets and build new partnerships, including with logistics providers. Using our vehicles and depots to reduce congestion helps both our passengers and other road users.”