A scheme to cut the number of heavy lorries using Birmingham's roads is being proposed.
A forthcoming study will examine whether Urban Freight Consolidation Centres (UFCCs) could be used to cut down on the number of deliveries to main shopping centres by directing all long-distance deliveries to a single location in the city.
From there, all goods could be taken by smaller vehicles to their destinations, restricting the number of larger lorries in the city centre. Councillor Len Gregory said: "Providing effective and efficient deliveries to Birmingham city centre is challenging - a number of streets within the core retail area are pedestrianised, and where deliveries are permitted they are affected by time and size restrictions.
"Studies elsewhere in the UK have shown that there can be many benefits to be gained by the introduction of UFCCs, including less congestion, reduction in noise and air pollution and in the number of accidents."
He added: "Plus of course there would be less "wear and tear" and maintenance of the highways and delivery areas, and hopefully reduced operating costs for the retail supply chain.
"We will be contacting retailers and businesses in the city in the next few weeks asking them to complete a questionnaire regarding their delivery arrangements and requirements, and any additional comments they may wish to make."