Transdek UK, which is exhibiting two of its innovative DUET urban double deck trailers on stand W06 at the Freight in the City Expo, Alexandra Palace, London, on 2 November 2016, says urban double decking could save up to 520 million road miles a year.

With the Department for Transport (DfT), Freight Transport Association and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport all advocating the greater integration of out of hours deliveries to retail outlets in a bid to reduce congestion, Transdek is focussing developments on safely carrying much greater volumes per vehicle and minimising operational noise for overnight distribution.

The ability to transport twice as much load per delivery is a key driver in reducing the volume of HGV traffic in highly congested cities across the UK. As a member of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF), and a specialist in the field of high-volume semi trailers, Transdek believes there is huge opportunity to transform urban distribution through double deck trailers.

Transdek’s managing director, Mark Adams, says: “Based on DfT statistics, we’ve calculated that if just 10% of the UK’s 18 tonne rigids were changed for urban double deckers, this would save 104 million road miles a year, mainly in urban centres. Converting half of the trucks would see a reduction of 520 million miles.”

Transdek is also working with the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) to set new standards for quiet road freight in UK and at Alexandra Palace the company will be introducing a low-height, multi-temperature version of its DUET urban trailer, which features new quiet technology developments that are designed specifically for town and city deliveries during the night.

The trailer incorporates a PIEK-certified fridge unit, sound-deadening coatings on all surfaces, an internally mounted tail-lift motor, and specialist acoustic panels in the rear doors. The multi-temperature trailer is highly suited to any combination of chilled and frozen grocery product distribution. Also on display will be an ambient DUET urban double deck trailer in a standard configuration.