London Olympics 2012: Moving goods about will be a “nightmare”

With less than two years before the first Olympic Games hosted in Great Britain since 1948, coping with the number of visitors and tourists seems not to be a problem in London.

With no engineering works planned during the Games, the Tube we are told will like clockwork and there will be plenty of buses available. Other methods of transport such as bikes or even boats are also ready to be used.

However, moving goods about, especially food, is going to be a much more difficult task.  The haulage industry and supermarkets are working with the Olympic Delivery Authority to come up with a workable logistics plan.


Natalie Chapman of the Freight Transport Association said :”It will be a huge challenge. Difficult is the understatement of the century. It will be pretty hellish, especially as we are expecting an upsurge in business and will have to make even more deliveries with less time available to us.”

“It is clearly vital that business is able to operate as efficiently as possible during London 2012. One of the main objectives of having an Olympic Route Network is to ensure that the capital keeps moving during the Games,” said Theresa Villiers, transport minister.