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Freight industry gets Olympic gold

London, UK:  London’s transport commissioner Peter Hendy has praised operators for how they have coped with deliveries during the Olympics so far.  “I’ve been tremendously impressed with the response from both businesses and the freight and distribution industry,” said Hendy.

“Their planning has ensured that London’s restaurants, bars and businesses have had bread in their shops and beer in their pumps, and we thank them for the way they have responded to the Olympic-sized challenge.”

The Freight Transport Association has been asking its members for feedback about how they have been coping, and the response has been very positive. Companies are reporting that deliveries are being made on time and in some cases ahead of schedule as extra journey time has been factored in to allow for the anticipated congestion.

Natalie Chapman, FTA’s head of policy for London said: “The shelves are stocked, the pubs have beer and the waste is being collected – everyday things that we all take for granted. But with the world’s biggest peacetime logistical event taking place in the capital, the industry has been working closely with Transport for London (TfL) to ensure that essential deliveries can get through – and the years of planning have paid off.”