London 2012: Changing delivery patterns in response to the impact of the Games on traffic flows

Michael Browne*, Julian Allen, Ian Wainwright, Andrew Palmer, Ian Williams

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    The paper addresses road freight transport operations during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. It presents work carried out prior to the Games to understand pre-Games patterns of freight deliveries in London (for both light and heavy goods vehicles) and the results of modelling work carried out to assess the likely impacts of the Games road restrictions on freight operations. The modelling results indicated that increases in total hours travelled carrying out collection and delivery work would range from 1.4% to 11.4% in the six sectors considered. The results suggested increases in hours travelled in excess of 3.5% in four of the six sectors modelled. The possible actions that could be taken by organizations to reduce these negative impacts were also modelled and the results indicated that such actions would help to mitigate the impact of the road restrictions imposed on operators during the Games. The actual impacts of the 2012 Games on transport both in general terms and specifically in terms of freight transport are also discussed, together with the success of the actions taken by Transport for London (TfL) to help the road freight industry. The potential freight transport legacy of the London 2012 Games in terms of achieving more sustainable urban freight transport is considered and the steps being taken by TfL to help ensure that such a legacy can be realized are discussed. Such steps include policy-makers continuing to collaborate closely with the freight industry through the 'London Freight Forum', and TfL's efforts to encourage and support companies revising their delivery and collection times to the off-peak; improving freight planning in the design and management of TfL-funded road schemes; electronic provision of traffic information by TfL to the freight industry, and the further development of freight journey planning tools.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)244-261
    Number of pages18
    JournalInternational Journal of Urban Sciences
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


    • freight transport
    • logistics
    • London
    • Olympic games
    • urban

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Urban Studies
    • Geography, Planning and Development


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