Federal minister of transport andreas scheuer wants to test the delivery of parcels by subway in view of the increase in delivery traffic in cities. "I would be willing to do a pilot project with a city where we rebuild a subway and make a special package subway out of it", the CSU politician told the newspapers of the new berlin editorial society (saturday).
New delivery service to help reduce above-ground traffic
This train could run from two o’clock at night and transport parcels and packages to intermediate storage facilities – so-called micro-hubs – at stops in individual city districts.
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"We install micro-hubs, from where suppliers can transport goods onward on an electric cargo bike", said scheuer. He reckons that delivery traffic, which causes additional congestion due to vehicles stopping in the second row, for example, could be reduced by up to 20 percent. " we should be willing to think anew and not always see a but. It’s about us reducing traffic above ground", said scheuer.