Transport providers and shippers can help to reduce tailbacks. Although they are on the road both day and night and cannot always transport their goods outside the rush hour, it is possible for them to reduce the rush hour congestion involved in such transport. One way to do this is to transport goods by water instead of by road where possible. Another possibility is to introduce an overtaking restriction for lorries during the rush hour in order to minimise the build-up of traffic.

Of the Optimising Use programme’s more than 250 measures, around 10 percent relate to the carriage of goods and logistics. The emphasis is on regional initiatives, particularly with regard to road transport and inland waterway shipping. Infrastructure bottlenecks are also being addressed. For example, Optimising Use is encouraging businesses to combine their cargo so that they can capitalise more effectively on smart urban distribution.