The UK logistics and transport sector was a clear winner in the race to ensure the London Olympic Games was a success. The logistics and transport industry was able to demonstrate its ability to operate efficiently, economically and with a highly effective service to industry and consumers; as well as moving record numbers of passengers during a period complicated by increased demand, road and traffic restrictions and heightened security.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT) says there are certain to be long term benefits resulting from the total Games experience.
CILT Chief Executive Steve Agg says: ‘Logistics, passenger transport and transport planning professionals can all be proud of the way in which London has performed over recent weeks. The challenge now is to ensure that the operational lessons learned during this period are consolidated into future best practice for the benefit of London’s businesses, consumers, road users, residents and visitors. All such best practice learnings should also be applied to other areas of the UK.’
CILT believes that resident-friendly night deliveries, increased business collaboration, consolidated deliveries and variations to planning and regulatory provisions – which were amongst the initiatives deployed to clear the Olympic hurdles – should be reviewed and assessed for all round effectiveness.
Steve Agg said: ‘Undoubtedly the London Olympic Games have been a big success for the whole of the UK. The logistics and transport sector played a major role in this success and should be congratulated on its vital contribution. Its efficiency and innovation in the face of the many challenges bodes well for future operations. CILT will be working hard to bring together all the lessons we have learned to ensure that they are not lost and the momentum gathered in improving services and infrastructure is maintained. I believe that, for transport and logistics, the Olympics legacy will be lasting and long term.’