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Insight: Act now to minimise Olympics disruption

Wander on to an official Games lane and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will record the offence and serve up a £200 fine.

The level of parking fines around the routes and venues have yet to be agreed by the boroughs and transport minister Justine Greening, but fleets should Postcode data reveals ‘hotspots’
expect an increase.

Meanwhile, fleets subject to operating licences restrictions are being advised to work with the traffic commissioner.

“If your fleet is restricted by an environmental condition on your licence, you can apply for a temporary change during the games period,” said Wainwright.

A high number of residents living in particular parts of London are also causing a problem for out of hours’ deliveries, but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) is advising businesses to adhere to the code of practice and start planning now.

However, FTA’s managing director of policy and communications James Hookham said it’s important to “keep it in proportion”.

  • For a map of the ORN, click here

Postcode data reveals ‘hotspots’

Fleets are being urged to use a wide range of planning resources available from TfL’s website.

Existing information on the site includes postcode data in Excel format, which can be used with routing software.

It allows businesses to understand which postcodes are impacted by ORN and road races for example, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

Mapping data, such as ORN maps, strategic and local level maps, route delay information and congestion hotspot maps can also be downloaded.

TfL’s Ian Wainwright said: “We’re in the process of pulling the mapping and postcode data together so that you will be able to key in a postcode and it will bring up the map in that particular area.”

The freight journey planner should be available from April, with final tweaks being made.

“The most important thing we need is details and restrictions on a postcode-by-postcode basis,” said FTA’s James Hookham.

“That was a big job of work which hadn’t been planned for, hadn’t been budgeted for, but credit to TfL for stepping up and they should have the definitive list from next month.”

Businesses can also attend one of more than 150 travel advice workshops in London organised by TfL or one of the 70 workshops organised in England and Wales.

Out-of-hours delivery

Current advice to businesses and operators

  • Identify delivery points impacted by Games-time changes to network
  • Understand nature of restrictions that impact each delivery point (planning, noise, alcohol licensing, kerbside, voluntary, or none)
  • Determine appropriate solutions to the delivery issues identified (e.g. preordering or consolidation of activity, rather than an out-of-hours delivery)
  • If there are no restrictions, or they are voluntary – operators and businesses should use the code of practice, taking into account the local situation
  • If other restrictions apply – businesses should talk to the boroughs concerned
  • Transport for London and London councils are producing a ‘single point of contact’ list for boroughs
     


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