Olympic Games can provide logistics legacy

17 August 2012

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19 August 2012 | Kamalpreet Badasha

Plans adopted by logistics providers during the Olympic Games, such as alternative delivery methods, could be implemented long-term, according to the Chartered Institute for Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Initiatives such as nighttime deliveries, consolidated transport and increased collaboration between businesses helped tackle road restrictions and increased security in place during the Games.

The CILT has organised a working group, The Olympic Legacy Group for Logistics and Transport, which will be looking at Transport for London statistics and complaints from local residents to analyse how effective each initiative was. The aim is to influence freight operators and regulators to put best practices in place.

“Logistics, passenger transport and transport planning professionals can all be proud of the way in which London has performed over recent weeks. The challenge now is to ensure that the operational lessons learned during this period are consolidated into future best practice,” said Steve Agg, CILT chief executive.

The group will hold workshops in October and November to review the data with the results being published in a report in the first three months of 2013.

“We’re going to look at where those initiatives were beneficial or detrimental. Where they have brought benefit to business, residents and local authorities. We will be looking to try and extend beneficial initiatives and put those best practices into play and make the knowledge available to everyone far and wide,” Agg added.

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