Express carrier calls in Olympics troubleshooter

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DPD UK, the express parcels operator, has hired Mark Donnellan to devise a plan to avoid disruption to deliveries during the Olympic Games.

About 800,000 extra people are expected in London every day during the Olympics, and DPD expects traffic congestion and parking restrictions to cause a major challenge for all delivery companies.

Donnellan will work with the managers of DPD’s eight depots in and around London as well as representing the company in its dealings with Transport for London and the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Before Christmas, Transport for London warned logistics operators to plan ahead for transport disruption during the Olympics. Road freight programme manager Ian Wainwright said: “You need to think about next year so you can keep your business flourishing.”

TfL has come in for criticism from industry bodies for lack on information about the impact of the Olympics. In Spetember, the British Retail Consortium called for delivery restrictions to be lifted, and for more information to enable retailers to plan for the games.

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Donnellan will report to DPD’s London regional manager Steve Woodman who said: “Continuity of service will be crucial to both shippers and receivers during the Olympics and I am confident that Mark’s project management skills and logistics experience will stand us in good stead for the challenges ahead.”

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