DPD to double man delivery vans for Olympics

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Express operator DPD plans to double man some of its delivery vans during the Olympics so that assistants can complete deliveries on foot to get around restrictions on the Olympic route network.

It will open an additional London depot and deploy 200 extra staff to minimise disruption to services during the Olympics.

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Dwain McDonald

Chief executive Dwain McDonald, said: “From our close liaison with [LOCOG] and Transport for London it is clear that there will be severe congestion in a number of areas in and around London, particularly from mid July to mid September.”

The firm has appointed designated Olympics specialists at each of the affected depots who will collect real-time information on routes and make any adjustments accordingly.

The additional facility will be near its London Bridge depot. It will cover the WC and W1 postcodes currently covered by the Kings Cross depot which will be affected by the ORN.

It will increase the number of routes operating from all its London depots, and extend its early delivery times between 05:00 and 07:00 and also offer to deliver from 18:00 to 21:00 in the evening.

And it will offer the option to switch parcel traffic from affected depots to alternative depots.

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