Deliveries To London & Surrounding Areas During Olympic Games
The 2012 London Olympic Games began this week, with the opening ceremony taking place today - Friday 27th July.
With so many events taking place in London and the surrounding areas it is going to bring traffic congestion, closed roads, security stops and therefore delays in these areas will be inevitable.
From 25th July to 14th September 2012 (taking into account the Paralympic Games too) we advise allowing a bit more time for any deliveries to London and the surrounding areas. At least 1 extra day in advance would be beneficial, for both standard and express services, when selecting a delivery date please. We will also endeavour to dispatch parcels a day early to affected postcodes, if ordered a few days in advance.
Our courier companies have advised that disruption to the 48-hour and 24-hour services shall be kept to a minimum, but unfortunately they cannot be guaranteed to the postcodes below during this period due to traffic congestion and potential security issues. Timed delivery services such as Pre-9am, Pre-10am & Pre-Noon will be prioritised, but are also not guaranteed to the postcodes below during this time period.
BR1, BR7, CR0, E1-E20, E98, E1W, EC1-EC4, HA0-HA9, IG1-IG11, KT1, KT8, N1, N3, N9-N14, N17-N18, N20-22, NW1-NW2, NW4, NW6-NW11, RM1-RM20, SE1-SE23, SL5-SL9, SL0-SL4, SM1, SW1-SW20, TW1-TW20, UB1-UB11, W1-W14, WC1-WC2, WD3-WD7, WD17-19, WD23-25
We would advise against shipping to E20 postcodes in particular, as this is the Olympic Village area and parcels may be subject to security fees and delays/refusal.
The following postcodes will also be affected on certain dates in July & August 2012, so customers are advised to use an alternative addresses or to email us to check if the area is affected on your required date before ordering: CV6, G42, CF10, M16, NE1, HA9, SL4, DT5, EN9, SS7 and DA3. These include football stadiums & racing tracks etc where other Olympic events will be held.
We appreciate your understanding regarding any delays that may take place to these postcodes during the Games. Our couriers assure us they have extra resources and contingency plans in place to keep disruption to a minimum, but obviously with such a huge event taking place some delays cannot be avoided. Some plans they mentioned included "walking" and "bicycle" couriers, but many of our hampers and gift baskets are large & bulky so we feel a bit sorry for anyone delivering them via these means!
With extra resources comes extra cost, and the couriers have had to charge an extra £1 per consignment for any deliveries to London. At BasketsGalore we have decided to absorb these costs, rather than add it onto our delivery fee.
Thank you for reading and we hope you enjoy watching the Games!
The BG Team