ELU is a "federative action" launched at the end of the Predit 2 programme. It covers equipment aimed at organising freight transport in urban areas and dealing with transfer points and breaks in the logistic chain. These logistic spaces have a major role in the workings of a town or city as they directly influence use of the road network (fluidity of transport), the urban economy (costs of goods collections and deliveries) and the quality of life (insertion of transport into the cityscape).
The objective of ELU is to provide local actors, and in particular local authorities, a reference document which brings together and analyses the different experiences on this subject already realised or underway.
Three scales are considered:
- At the city or urban area scale, an urban distribution platform, able to handle environmentally-friendly vehicles, bringing together part of the flow of goods entering or leaving the city;
- At the local neighbourhood or shopping street level, a 'Point d'Accueil Logistique' (logistics reception point) will allow the drop-off and pick-up of goods without entering congested areas;
- At the level of an individual building, a locker or other secure space which allows the delivery or reception of goods without the need for client intervention.
This is an entirely private tool, with publicly funded aid to encourage its creation.