London 2012: Companies can make out-of-hours deliveries during the Olympic Games

Businesses in Newham have been given the green light to make and receive night-time deliveries during the Olympics and Paralympics - as long as they keep the noise down.

Deliveries are expected to be disrupted during the Games because of restrictions enforced on the Olympic Route Network.

Transport for London (TfL), the Freight Transport Association and the Noise Abatement Society have drawn up a code of practice for vehicles working out-of-hours.

This has been devised to allow councils to punish businesses that are inconsiderate or cause disturbance, especially if complaints are made about excessive noise.

Kelly Lawson, from KA & Son Couriers in Forest Gate, said they were waiting until the Games itself to see how much of their business will be affected by the Games restrictions.

The company only makes international deliveries but receives goods during working hours.

Ms Lawson said: “I know that a few roads might be affected but we will wait until we are closer to the Olympics.

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“We usually receive deliveries during the day, and only a few after hours and even then they call in advance to let us know.”

Business leaders spoke in favour of the agreement.

Sue Terpilowski, from the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “Small businesses across London will support this announcement on night-time deliveries.

“This is a victory for common sense, when the roads will be heavily congested, to enable deliveries to be made at night time.

“It is vital that London remains open for business during the Games and so mitigating the risks of imposed transport obstacles are very much welcome.”

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added: “The Olympics and Paralympics present a fantastic opportunity for businesses.”

As a chamber we will continue to communicate to our members, and the wider business community, the importance of adhering to TfL’s Code of Practice.”

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