Out-of-hours deliveries to hotels and restaurants in London are viable during the Olympics, a study by Transport for London (TfL) has shown.
A number of businesses which are expected to be affected by the games trialled TfL's new draft Code of Practice and asked their suppliers to do the same.
The draft code, which was developed in partnership with the Freight Transport Association (FTA) and Noise Abatement Society (NAS), sets out practical tips on how both drivers and those receiving the goods can work together to make deliveries as quietly as possible.
TfL is making the draft code available now, but is asking the freight industry, other interested parties, and the London boroughs that have not already taken part in the trials to share their feedback on it. A final version of the Code of Practice will be published early in the New Year.
Peter Hendy, London's Transport Commissioner, said: "The London 2012 Games will offer a wealth of great business opportunities, but companies based in - or delivering to - affected areas need to start making plans now if they are to benefit. Busier roads at peak times and restrictions on parts of London's road network during the games mean that their deliveries could be delayed or disrupted if they don't plan ahead.
"Many companies are already coming up with creative solutions, from stocking up on non-perishable goods to consolidating their deliveries with neighbouring businesses. Our trials have demonstrated that out-of-hours deliveries are also a viable option that businesses may want to consider. We would strongly urge those businesses and freight operators following this approach to adhere to the draft Code of Practice to help ensure that out-of-hours deliveries are carried out with minimum disruption to local residents."
During 10 weeks worth of out-of-hours deliveries, all the participating businesses reported that revising their delivery times worked well, with no complaints from residents about noise.
The London boroughs involved in the first round of trials were the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Southwark, Redbridge and Westminster City Council. A further five trials will be completed early in the New Year.
By Neil Gerrard
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