Friday, 8 July 2011

Capital's Firms Voice Concerns Over Olympic Transport Chaos

Firms will question TfL over transport concerns during the games

By Ben Aulakh

More than a hundred London firms are being given the chance to question Transport for London officials on how they plan to minimise transport disruption during next years’ Olympic Games.

Business leaders from all sectors will be able to voice their concerns on the issue at an event organised by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Radio Taxis Group,

Director of Games Transport, Mark Evers, along with an expert panel from TfL, will give a series of short presentations on how firms can mitigate the impact of any disruption and ensure it is business as usual for the city. 

An hour long question and answer session will give firms the chance raise specific problems that may face their company. 

Chief Executive of the LCCI Colin Stanbridge said, “This is an opportunity to help educate business people about what is going to happen during the Games.

“It also gives them a chance to raise any concerns or problems with TfL while we still have time to iron out any difficulties.” 

“The business community accepts that some disruption will be unavoidable next summer, however they will understand any possible difficulties as long as they feel the authorities are doing all they can to minimise disruption.”

The TfL panel will include Director of Games Transport Mark Evers; Peter Hewitt, Technical Director of the Olympic Route Network, and David Silvey, 2012 Road Freight Interface Manager.

Chief Executive of the Radio Taxis Group Geoffrey Riesel said, “London's transport infrastructure, and particularly its roads, will face its toughest test for generations next year.

“The city’s taxi industry expects to play a big role in ferrying the millions of people who will descend on the city around the various Olympic venues.”

“We hope TfL will listen to the concerns of business and continue to work with the taxi industry on this issue.”


Photograph by Jorge Ryan,  http://www.royan.com.arCC-BY-SA-3.0

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