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‘London 2012 – We’re ready, are you?’

Posted on by Clockwork.Removals

In July 2005, the International Olympic Committee awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to London. With just under a few months left to go, preparations are in full swing and the city is awash with talk of tickets, events – and road closures!

The Games will take place across the UK, not just in East London. The effects on transport will be felt across a wide area, not only directly around venues.  In addition to players and officials, a few million tourists are expected to make the journey to the UK during the Games putting a burden on the road and transport network. At Clockwork we have set up a team to overcome these problems to ensure we provide a stress-free relocation solution for all our clients from inception to completion. The team is keeping up-to-date with the latest developments and have identified areas which will be most affected by the traffic surrounding Olympic venues.

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London: The Games take place across London and will affect different locations at different times.

Cheshunt & Waltham Cross : The Lee Valley White Water Centre is hosting the Olympic Canoe Slalom from 29th July to 2nd August.

Sevenoaks : Brands Hatch in Sevenoaks, Kent is hosting the Paralympic Cycling from 5th September to 8th September.

Windsor & Eaton : Eton Dorney is hosting the Olympic Rowing and Canoe Sprint from 28th July to 11th August and the Paralympic Rowing from 31st August to 2nd September.

Surrey: Olympic Road Cycling events are taking place on roads in Surrey between 28th July to 1st August.

Leigh-on-Sea & Hadleigh: Hadleigh Farm is hosting Olympic Mountain Biking from 11th and 12th of August.

Coventry: The City of Coventry Stadium is hosting Olympic Football events between 25th July  to 9th August.

Weymouth & Portland: Weymouth and Portland is hosting Olympic Sailing from 29th  July to 11th August and Paralympic Sailing from 1st September to 6th September.

Cardiff: The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is hosting Olympic Football events between 25th July to 10th August.

Manchester: Old Trafford in Manchester is hosting Olympic Football events between 26th July to 7th August.

Newcastle: St. James Park in Newcastle is hosting Olympic Football events between 26th July to 4th August.

Local Access and Parking

The Games will attract a large number of visitors to venues and their surrounding areas, which means temporary traffic and parking restrictions will be put in place.

Temporary Changes Along The Routes May Include

•  Games Lanes.

•  Changes to traffic signal timings.

•  Restricted turns.

•  Suspension of parking or loading bays.

•  Suspension of some pedestrian crossings.

Information on these restrictions will be provided closer to Games time once planning is completed.

Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Paralympic Route Network (PRN)

The Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Paralympic Route Network (PRN) are a network of roads linking the Olympic and Paralympic sites. They will enable key participants, athletes and officials to travel efficiently between venues and their accommodation, while also keeping London and the rest of the UK moving.

To see postcode areas intersected by the ORN and PRN within London and the rest of the UK please click on one of the links below :

Where will the ORN and PRN operate? http://www.london2012.com/orn/where-will-the-orn-and-prn-operate.php

When will the ORN and PRN operate? http://www.london2012.com/orn/when-will-the-orn-and-prn-operate.php

Keeping Ahead

•  If you are moving to or from one of the ‘Olympic and Paralympic Hotspots’ nearer to Games time, contact your local branch as early as possible.

•  Working Hours: We may need to amend working hours to avoid the busiest periods on the road/transport networks. This may involve us working overnight and/or during short windows at certain times of the day.

•  Flexibility : Be prepared to be flexible – we may be required to extend the move schedule in certain cases. A one day move may be extended to two days to accommodate affected areas.

•  Routes: We may need to plan new routes ahead of the move if our customers are in or near a Olympic or Paralympic Hotspot.

•  Vehicles: We may need to use smaller vehicles instead of our 7.5 tonne or HGV’s if the move is happening in or near a Olympic or Paralympic Hotspot.

•  Parking: Our team are keeping up to date with Councils of all affected areas to ensure there is access and parking available at customers collection and delivery locations.

•  Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Entry Permits: All staff at Clockwork Removals are checked and cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).  We have worked on various projects within the Olympic Village while it was under construction and are aware of the procedures required to obtain entry permits to sites where they are required.

Our Commitment

We believe a business can be defined by its people and our people are passionate about what they do. We work hard to ensure that we are always challenging ourselves in the solutions we offer to our clients. It’s one thing to offer customer satisfaction. It’s another to deliver service excellence. Our people are dedicated to outstanding service delivery and that underpins everything we do.

Contact your local Clockwork branch to discuss your move today.

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