As you are doubtless aware the Olympics are fast approaching, and will no doubt have a severe impact on many aspects of day to day life, particularly in and around London where many of the events are being held. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform you of any potential impacts relating to telecommunications.
The authorities have designated Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks, mainly in London, although they extend to other venues around the UK, such as Weymouth and Portland where various sailing events will be held.
The routes are made up of five areas:
Core: Routes between accommodation, the Olympic Park in Stratford and other main venues. These roads are entirely within London and will operate for the duration of the Games.
Venue-specific: Routes linking other competition venues, accommodation locations and international arrival points that will mostly only operate on competition days.
Training Venues: Routes linking the preferred training venues to the rest of the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks that will operate to allow athletes to travel between their training venues and events.
Alternative: Routes used in the event that a Core or Venue-specific route is not usable for any reason.
Road event: Some of the Core and Alternative routes will be replaced and aligned with additional routes as road event venues e.g. the marathon and road cycling.
There will be an embargo on all street works with no digging allowed on roads or pavements over the entire Olympic Route network between these dates:
· 1 March to 30 September 2012 for the Core Route, Venue Route and A501.
· 1 July to 9 September 2012 for the remainder of the Olympic Route Network.
In addition, no digging will be allowed on A and B roads within the area bounded by the North Circular and South Circular roads, from 1 July to 9 September 2012.
As you can imagine, the demand for broadband services will also increase hugely as a result of media coverage of the Games.
The embargo on street works will mean that it may take longer than normal to install new lines or repair serious line faults in the affected areas. Although the likelihood of a repair or installation requiring street works is very small, we wanted to make you aware of the risk.
We therefore strongly advise you to review you current telecommunications set up to ensure you are satisfied that your business won’t suffer any detrimental effects during the Games.
If you would like to discuss your own particular needs with us please do not hesitate to give us a call on 08456 777666.