Firms in the capital hoping to keep on top of deliveries during next year’s Olympics have been given a helping hand by Transport for London.
TfL has developed a Games postcode checker as part of its efforts to help London firms which rely on freight deliveries and firms making those deliveries to prepare for the 2012 Games.
People wanting to use the checker – produced alongside Royal Mail in a bid to lessen the Games’ impact upon everyday businesses – can access it at TfL’s website.
Leon Daniels, MD of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “The new postcode data we have released is an important part of the information we will be providing to London’s business community to allow them to plan for next year’s Games.”
The move was announced at the recent TfL 2012 Freight Forum meeting, an event which also saw the unveiling of a detailed timetable letting firms know what information will be issued and when ahead of the Olympics.
Graham Inglis, chair of the 2012 Freight Forum and CEO of DHL Supply Chain, said: “We know that come Games time the transport network will be a lot busier. However, now is the time for businesses that rely on freight deliveries to get their action plans in shape.
“The aim is to minimise the impact of the Games on their daily operations, and the new postcode data that TfL has released will be critical to this planning process. It will be crucial in the coming months to identify potentially challenging areas to keep business operations running smoothly next year.”
The Freight Transport Association (FTA) was among the organisations attending the forum. Karen Dee, director of national and regional policy at FTA, highlighted the importance of making the Games run as smoothly as possible.
She added: “There is still a lot of work to do in preparing the supply chain, but as part of TfL’s Olympics stakeholder group we look forward to working towards the smooth delivery of a successful Games that is memorable for all the right reasons.”
Daniels added: “Last week’s freight forum was an invaluable source of intelligence about what those involved in making and receiving deliveries will need to keep London running during the Games. It also confirmed that no one organisation or sector can achieve this alone – it will be a joint effort.”
The postcode information is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/developers