Transport for London Urges Out of Hours Deliveries during Olympics
Wednesday 04 April 2012 Back to Blog
Businesses in and around the Olympics together with Transport for London (TfL) has announced they will be sympathetic to out of hours deliveries.
This announcement may well make life easier for van drivers who face huge crowds, delays, and other disruptions while the games are on.
Peter Hendry, London's Transport Commissioner said: "The challenges surrounding deliveries during the Games are considerable.
"However, the success of the quieter out-of-hours delivery trials we've commissioned in recent months clearly demonstrate that out-of-hours deliveries can, and I believe will, play a vital role in ensuring London and the rest of the UK keeps on moving this summer.
"I urge businesses that make or receive deliveries in London to use the Code of Practice for all out-of-hours deliveries.
"It is up to the freight and business community to prove to London's borough councils that they are aware of, and care about, the impact they have on the communities they deliver to.
"If the industry gets it right this summer, this is also a real opportunity for reducing congestion and improving air quality and road safety in London in the future."
While Natalie Chapman of the Freight transport Association (FTA) said: "The FTA welcomes the flexible, sensible approach London's boroughs are taking to the challenge freight operators and businesses face around making and receiving deliveries during Games-time.
"We will be urging freight operators to follow and respect the conditions laid out in the Code of Practice. If they can prove, as we believe, that out-of-hours deliveries can be made without disturbing local residents, there could be tremendous legacy benefits for the capital, both in terms of improved road safety, air quality and a reduction in day-time traffic congestion."
For more information visit the TfL website.