Mobile distributor HSC and delivery company DPD are warning severe congestion in and around London during the forthcoming Olympics could see delays in deliveries and a rise in charges.
They also predict severe disruption outside of the Olympic 2012 dates due to the Torch Relay, testing of the Olympic infrastructure and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. DPD said the scale of the congestion, which is expected to be severe, is due to the time scale and spread of the Olympic and other summer events in the UK.
The logistics firm also warned deliveries will not reach at least 50 so-called ‘lockdown venues’, such as the Olympic stadium and nearby hotels, during the Olympics. Deliveries to congested areas may require final delivery to be made on foot, which could incur additional costs, it said. It is estimated there will be 800,000 spectators during the Olympics on peak days at 24 Olympic venues around the country with three million additional transport trips on the busiest day.
In a briefing to its partners, HSC said: ‘During this period HSC and DPD will endeavour to maintain successful deliveries and collection throughout this period. DPD are taking a number of measures to achieve this including introducing early AM deliveries and late PM deliveries, opening an additional facility near their London Bridge depot, providing drivers with assistants who will make the final delivery on foot (this will not apply to lockdown venues) and providing daily updates on our position in London throughout the whole of the Games.
’DPD and HSC are advising businesses affected by the Games to arrange for stock to be sent to affected areas earlier, to try to provide HSC with an alternative address outside of the Olympic congestion zone during the period of disruption and to arrange to collect deliveries from their local DPD depot.'