Commercial transport is one of the necessary foundations of economic development in Berlin. But there are numerous challenges concerning commercial freight transportation that must still be addressed. For example, commercial transport has far reaching consequences on air quality, climate, noise levels as well as traffic safety. The aim of Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment is to obtain and improve the performance of commercial transport as well as increase its efficiency.
Berlin’s integrated commercial transport concept
Berlin’s integrated commercial transport concept defines several main action fields, e.g. concerning privileges for urban freight transport (combined bus and lorry lanes, delivery zones, low emission zones and enforcement of penalties) or the conservation of necessary urban rail infrastructure and logistic fields.
The strategy is the result of a wide consultative planning process, including different stakeholder groups.
Berlin’s Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment is currently preparing the update of this strategic approach.
Railway Freight Transport
Rail freight transportation is an important element of urban freight in Berlin. The Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment seeks to maintain and improve regional railways for future usage, strengthen multimodal hubs that include railway systems, and increase the importance of this mode of transport.
Inland navigation and ports
Berlin’s ports are important interfaces between the different modes of transport.
Commercial road transport gained significantly in importance in recent years - a trend that generates new challenges in terms of the quality and efficiency.
Current projects and developments
The European project CityLog (FP7) tested new approaches for the urban last mile in Berlin.