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Search for London 2012 logistic planner begins

By: Chris Taylor
05 September 2011

The search for a freight journey planner that will minimise disruption to those involved in logistics work during the 2012 Olympic Games has begun.

Transport for London (TfL) has issued a tender in the Official Journal of the European Union to aid the search and has described the necessity for such a tool as "time critical", reports The Register.

TfL will require the winning bidder to produce a web-based system and interactive map application that will enable logistics operators to avoid the worst congestion during the games.

Aside plotting the quickest routes, the planner will also take into consideration physical road restrictions such as maximum height and weight levels. It is also expected to display the closest legal stopping points from a vehicle's current location.

In a Guardian.co.uk report, a TfL spokesperson confirmed: "The planner will provide a freight journey planner and interactive map and will help operators plan their journeys efficiently and in compliance with some of the traffic changes that will be necessary (regulatory, diversional and by vehicle size) to ensure successful delivery and minimal disruption during games-time."

The work contract will effectively begin from the end of September, when Olympic organisers and freight representatives hammer out the final details. The actual launch of the planner is expected take place in February 2012.

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