Historic City Centres Struggling To Cope With Modern Traffic

April 5, 2018

Narrow winding roads and precariously cramped streets are commonplace in all of the UK’s historic city centres. With transport infrastructure and roads more fit for horse and cart, than bus and lorry, modern traffic and heavy service vehicles are causing problems on a daily basis in many city centres.

As highlighted in a recent report drafted by Edinburgh Old Town Community Council, delivery lorries, heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches and refuse management vehicles are amongst the culprits turning the UNESCO World Heritage Site into “absolute chaos”. Details are provided of various instances where entire streets have been brought to a virtual standstill as multiple heavy vehicles try to pass, or where all lanes of narrow cobbled streets have been engrossed by huge artic delivery trucks.

The Edinburgh Old Town Community Council goes on to recommend a total ban on vehicles over a certain size in the historic centre, as seen in European tourist hot spots such as Florence. Also recommended is the alternative use of small electric vehicles for city centre deliveries and city tour buses, in an attempt to address the problems caused by oversized commercial vehicles.

Click here to read the report.

Homologated & Street Legal electric vans, trucks and electric shuttles such as those offered by the Italian manufacture Esagono, are changing the way we transport goods, waste and equipment in city centre environments. With compact dimensions and low speeds these Micro EV’s offer minimal disruption to traffic and pedestrians alike. Vehicles such as these also offer increased accessibility, and are able to travel in pedestrianised zones and in limited access areas.

Many cities around Europe are beginning to utilise commercial Micro EV’s for city centre transport, including Lubljiana the capital of Slovenia, where a local tour provider has recently taken delivery of a fleet of Esagono electric shuttle buses for tourism in the historic district of the city.

Thanks to an extensive range of task-specific vehicle custom solutions including, refuse collection tippers, electric tail lifts for delivery and wheelchair transportation these highly compact vehicles can match their larger alternatives in terms of versatility and productivity. At Carryway we are specialists in smarter service vehicles, and offer a range of electric vehicles including Esagono vehicles to buy or to hire throughout the UK.

To find out how our solutions can benefit your city based operations, contact the Carryway team today on 0800 953 0503 or

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