FTA publishes Olympics disruption advice

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) has published ‘comprehensive guidance’ to managing disruption to the road network during the Olympic Games.

With London’s road network set to be under near-constant flux because of road closures, unusual traffic patterns and diversions, the FTA has moved to help companies delivering to any of the Olympic Games areas meet their targets and get the job done.

The FTA Support Guide to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games features maps, diagrams and details of the expected restrictions that will be in force at the venues and across London over most of the summer period. It will be sent to all FTA members in the first week of May.

Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy for London at FTA and leading the Association’s London 2012 campaigning and information programme said: “London’s roads are the most heavily regulated in the country with the London Lorry Control Scheme limiting routes at night-time and weekends and the Low Emission Zone effectively dictating the age of vehicles that can operate in Greater London.

“Add to that the Congestion Charge Zone and the all the normal parking and loading restrictions that will continue to apply and London will be a delivery minefield ready to trigger fines, penalty charge notices and ultimately licence revocation for the unwary and unprepared.”

“The Olympic Torch relay sets off on May 19 and marks the first of a series of events that will have an impact on local roads and access to town and city centres. It is vital that commercial vehicle operators intending to deliver into London and other Games venues over the next three and half months understand the restrictions and disruption that will be caused by the Games and plan around it.

“We are still waiting for Transport for London to release the final details of the restrictions next month but there is enough information available now for most businesses to start making serious plans.”

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