Saturday, January 14, 2012

Freight and Logistics Interests Must Prepare NOW for 2012 Olympic Challenge

Companies the Length of Britain Need to Enter Their Own Events
Shipping News Feature

UK – It won’t just be freight and logistics interests in London that need to prepare for the forthcoming Olympics according to Transport for London (TfL) which has prepared something for everyone in the commercial sector who might be affected. All that’s required now is for everybody, from retailers to express couriers, to familiarise themselves with the unavoidable restrictions and the best way to avoid them or minimise their inconvenience.

It won’t be any good for a plethora of delivery and collection drivers to arrive in the capital only to discover a closed road or parking suspensions but action now may save a host of problems later and TfL have been trying to get their message across now for some time. As with any race against the clock the pace is quickening as the last lap bell draws closer and now is the time to take a look at what’s available and perhaps sign up for one or more of TfL’s 230 free workshops aimed at businesses in Games transport ‘hotspot’ areas which receive freight deliveries, and those companies that deliver to and collect from them.

The first step is to take a look at TfL’s ‘London 2012 support package for freight operators and their customers’ HERE and ensure they fully understand just how much the events are likely to affect their business. A general overview of ‘Freight Top Tips’ is available HERE.

To see exactly where and when the workshops are to be held, and they not only cover all the London boroughs but 70 are being held outside London and range from as far afield as Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton and Cardiff, with dates currently posted from now until April, all of which can be accessed HERE.

To book places email freight@tfl.gov.uk  with ‘Freight Advice Workshops’ in the subject line and the relevant information as shown on the schedule for each attendee. There is a limit of two representatives per organisation and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The programme of workshops has been universally praised by haulage representatives including the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association in addition to the Olympic authorities.