Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Online Data To Aid London Olympics Freight and Logistics

TfL Works to Manage What Will be a Busy Period
Shipping News Feature

UK –The initial Freight Forum held by Transport for London (TfL) was well attended by various stakeholders including representatives from the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the meeting produced some useful information by way of a new online resource to assist in logistics planning for the forthcoming 2012 Olympic Games.

TfL has released new data online to help freight companies manage the deliveries they make and plan the routes they use during the 2012 Games. Companies can use the data to check whether individual postcodes in the Capital will be affected by the Olympic Route Network (ORN), Central London Zone (CLZ) or road events.

By entering the data into their routing software companies are able to highlight the postcodes that contain both the ORN, for example, and one or more of their delivery locations, that will allow them to produce a list of both clients and locations that will be impacted during Games-time, and will be a timesaving tool when planning deliveries. The information, which TfL has produced in conjunction with Royal Mail, is now available HERE.

The postcode data is one of the first parts of a series of detailed information that will be provided to the freight industry to help companies plan for Games-time. A timetable detailing what additional information will become available, along with timescales for their release, will be published later this month, alongside an improved and updated freight web portal for the industry to use. In addition, TfL is working on the development of a freight journey planning tool.

The initial Freight Forum which released the new scheme was held on the 8th September and chaired by Graham Inglis, CEO of DHL Supply Chain. The postcode data is one of the first parts of a series of detailed information that will be provided to the freight industry to help companies plan for Games-time. A timetable detailing what additional information will become available, along with timescales for their release, will be published later this month, alongside an improved and updated freight web portal for the industry to use. In addition, TfL is working on the development of a freight journey planning tool. Mr Inglis 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.”

Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL commented:

“The delivery of the Olympics is a huge job which can only be delivered successfully in partnership. 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 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.”