Transport for London is warning logistics operators to plan ahead for transport disruption during the 2012 Olympics.
TfL’s road freight programme manager Ian Wainwright said: “We’re working as hard as we can so people can start to plan… You need to think about next year so you can keep your business flourishing.”
He set out “four Rs” for planning deliveries through the games: Reducing deliveries, and consolidating loads; Re-timing deliveries, away from the 7-11am rush; Re-routeing to allow for the Olympic route network and associated congestion; and Revising modes of transport.
TfL is working to provide information to help plan changes to operations to cope with road restrictions. Its website has advice, case studies and tool kits, including a postcode database predicting which roads will be disrupted.
The postcode database should reflect the times and dates of expected congestion by the end of the year. There will also be a route planning programme, which will collate the latest information from TfL and LOCOG, which should be accessible by March.