Transport for London has renewed its call for operators to plan ahead to mitigate disruption in Games transport ‘hotspots’ during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.
Freight operators and their customers are being targeted with a 16-week campaign, encouraging businesses which make or receive deliveries to plan for road restrictions, familiarise themselves with the Olympic Route Network, consider out-of-hours deliveries and allow extra time for their journeys.
Peter Hendy, London’s transport commissioner, said: “With just five months to go until the 2012 Games arrive, it’s critical that freight operators and their customers start planning now to ensure they continue to operate smoothly and profitably this summer.
“Although it’s called the London 2012 Games, businesses operating in the venue towns and cities across the country may be affected. That means if you’re delivering to or based in locations such as Cardiff, Eton Dorney, Manchester or Weymouth and Portland, as well as London, you will also need to plan ahead. Busier roads at peak times and restrictions on parts of the UK’s road network mean that deliveries could be disrupted if businesses don’t put plans in place now.”
The campaign is in addition to over 200 free TfL workshops, both inside and outside the capital, which have been on offer since January to help hauliers and their customers from across all sectors continue to operate effectively this summer. To apply for a place, businesses should visit www.tfl.gov.uk/2012freight where there is a full list of workshop dates, times and locations.