Companies based in transport hot-spots that make or receive freight deliveries need to start planning for the Olympics now, London’s transport commissioner Peter Hendy has warned.
Transport for London is to run a series of workshops to help freight operators plan for the Olympics as part of a package known as TfL’s Freight Advice Programme.
It plans to run about 160 sessions in London and 70 in cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton. They will start on 30 January and run until the end of April.
Other areas which also generate a large number of freight movements into and out of the capital will also be targeted, including Slough, Northampton, Chelmsford and Milton Keynes.
Hendy, said: “Businesses based in transport ‘hot spot’ areas that make or receive freight deliveries need to start planning now to ensure they continue to operate effectively – and profitably – next summer.
“Our new programme of workshops and tailored advice for freight operators and their customers greatly enhances the support package already on offer to help businesses of all sizes stay one step ahead during the Games.”
In addition, a team of advisors will visit small and medium sized enterprises including retailers, pubs and restaurants in games transport hot spot areas – such as Whitehall and St James’s.
‘The seminars will offer a practical insight into how best to use that information and ask questions directly relevant to particular business sectors.’
TfL is also offering free guidance and support to London’s major wholesale markets: New Spitalfields, New Covent Garden, Billingsgate, Smithfield, and Western International – with Borough Market also receiving advice.
Details of the workshops are available at: tfl.gov.uk/2012