No matter how many contingency plans you adopt or eventualities you make allowances for, you will never be able to plan for something that is beyond your control, no matter how much you try. A classic example of this happened to us last weekend …
Four weeks in the planning for PAT testing, a four floor office block and we thought we had every base covered. How wrong were we going to be!
So, late Saturday afternoon we quickly came up with an alternative route via the Rotherhithe tunnel, putting an extra 20 minutes on our journey time. However, there was one additional problem that I hadn’t noticed until one of my engineers got in the car on Sunday morning. He’d checked the traffic report before I arrived to pick him up and told me that the Rotherhithe tunnel was also closed for maintenance – the Dartford Crossing was down to one lane again for maintenance, too! Our journey to the office meant that we would have to travel under the River Thames, through the Blackwall Tunnel. Travelling at 5.30am, there was never really much of a problem – until Sunday! As we were returning on Saturday afternoon, we noticed that the tunnel would be closed for maintenance on Sunday, until after we needed to be at our destination.
An experience for us all, especially as the clubs had just turned out. As we pulled up to a set of red lights, a group of people decided to start a fight which, to be honest, was a little disconcerting – so we locked the doors on the car. What on earth possessed the Highway Agency to carry out routine maintenance on three Thames crossings at the same time? So, years of driving experience in London had to kick in – and forget about the Sat Nav, that wanted to route us back to the Blackwall Tunnel! We changed our driving route down past Hendon Police College, along the A41 past Selfridges, on to Park Lane, past the back wall of Buckingham Palace, over Vauxhall Bridge and from there, on through to Peckham.
Eventually, the Sat Nav was able to actually route us to our destination and finally we arrived, only 3 minutes later than expected. The client was waiting for us with coffee on free vend – bonus! Next week, we have to contend with the London Marathon, so hopefully the tunnels will be open this time rather than closed for maintenance – I guess we must have to have plans X, Y and Z ready, just in case.
Until next time …Now if you want a company whose planning means that we cover almost all eventualities, but more importantly, arrive on site at the time stated (almost always!) and carry out the testing to the high standards expected then give me a call on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email.