London Assay Office preps for Olympic disruptions

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Office considers extending opening hours to combat traffic woes.

The Assay Office London has said that it will do its best to continue to run a normal service during the 2012 Olympics and will consider extending opening hours to combat expected travel disruptions in the city caused by the Games.


The assay offices in Goldsmiths’ Hall, Greville Street and Heathrow will all be open as usual during the Olympic Games, which will take place in east London from July 27 to August 12 followed by the Paralympic Games August 29 to September 9.

However there is the possibility that the offices could be open later than normal if the surge in traffic that the Games is expected to cause leads to delays.

The Assay Office London has also had talks with Royal Mail, couriers and secure carries to try and estimate whether postal services will be affected by the Olympic Games. All the companies that have spoken to the office have stated intentions to run normal services, but are still in ongoing talks with the Olympic Games committee that won’t end until January.

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A statement from the Assay Office London said: “The staging of the Olympic Games will be an exciting time in London. The scale of the occasion, with the associated large influx of people attending the events, will present challenges for the Capital’s transport infrastructure, and this will inevitably have an impact upon access to the Assay Office.

“The current situation is that the Olympic organisers are still consulting with the various authorities and other interested parties, so plans are still evolving. Further updates will be given as more guidance becomes available.”

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