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Olympic Road Freight Management

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Important information for freight companies operating in the UK

Olympic Games: 27 July to 12 August 2012
Paralympic Games: 29 August to 9 September 2012

London will welcome the world next summer for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

If you operate vehicles in the UK, you need to be aware of temporary traffic management changes that will be in place to help the Games run smoothly and keep London moving.

Plan ahead and work with your customers to adapt your ways of working and avoid disruption.

Temporary road changes in London

Temporary changes to London's road network could severely affect the way you carry out:

  • Deliveries
  • Collections
  • Servicing activity

The changes are outlined below. You can find out more from

Olympic Route Network/Paralympic Route Network

The ORN/PRN is a network of roads that will ensure all athletes and other key officials reach their events on time.

The vast majority of the network will remain open to general traffic, including commercial vehicles, although changes such as side road closures, turning restrictions and loading bay suspensions will apply.
Some lanes on the ORN will also be reserved for official Games vehicles and emergency services only.

Penalty Charge Notices, proposed to be £200, may be issued for any vehicle contravening traffic regulations on the network.

Central London Zone

Central London will host Games venues and road events, including the cycle road races and marathons. These events will attract thousands of spectators and mean there will be significantly more pedestrians in the area.

In addition to the ORN/PRN, further road changes will be needed in central London to ensure the safety of these people.

Venue traffic management and parking plans

Some temporary traffic and parking restrictions will be needed around Games venues to avoid congestion and safety and security issues. Details of all Games venues are available from the London 2012 website.

London 2012 is developing local traffic management and parking plans around venues to provide a safe environment and keep traffic moving so that residents and businesses can carry on with their day-to-day activities. Find out more.

Avoiding disruption

Start planning with your customers in London and the UK now to avoid disruption next summer.
The areas that you will need to consider will depend on your particular operation, though you could think about:

  • Reducing the number of deliveries you make - could you combine deliveries to different locations so you have less vehicles in London?
  • Re-timing deliveries - would your customers accept a larger delivery than normal before the Games start so you could avoid disruption on the roads?
  • Re-routing journeys - could you avoid congestion in London by using another route or delivering to another location?

Further information

Detailed guidance for freight companies operating in London is available from
You can also download:

  • Maps showing proposing road changes in London
  • Postcode data detailing road changes that will be made next summer

This data could help you identify delivery locations and routes that may be affected. Cross-reference the information with your customers' addresses to better understand how you may be affected.

2 December 2011