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Olympic parking problems for plumbers

Access and parking restrictions in place around Olympic and Paralympic venues could prove a problem if you get called out to an emergency job, the industry has been warned.

Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering CEO Kevin Wellman gave the following advice. “If your normal call out area is in the vicinity of Olympic and Paralympic venues, you will need to plan ahead.

“Don’t forget that the Games are taking place all over the UK, not just in East London, with venues covering many parts of London, Weymouth & Portland, Windsor& Eton, Hadleigh & Leigh-on-Sea, Cheshunt & Waltham Cross, Sevenoaks, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow, Coventry and Surrey.

“Residents in areas facing parking restrictions will be entitled to visitor permits, so if you get called out to a job, make sure you ask the customer if they have any diversions in their street and if they will have a parking permit for your use or a spare parking space on their driveway.

“Schedule in any large jobs needing multiple trades or large deliveries either before of after the games, to avoid being caught up in the travel chaos.

“Explain to customers up front you may be late due to traffic and give yourself more time in-between jobs to travel between A-Z.

“If you are choosing not to work during the Olympics, you can always refer customers facing an emergency to the CIPHE website to find another plumbing or heating engineer in their area.”

The Olympics will be taking place between 27 July-12 August, with the Paralympics taking place 29 August-9 September.

The website www.getaheadofthegames.com offers travel advice for businesses close to Olympic and Paralympic venues.