With around 800,000 spectators, workforce, volunteers and other members of the ‘Games Family’ expected to use public transport on the busiest day of the Games, London 2012 will place a unique demand on the UK’s transport system. It will test international air, sea and rail ports, as well as domestic rail, road bus and underground networks like never before. On a normal day, there are 12 million public transport trips on London’s transport network – during the busiest days of the Olympics there will be an additional three million trips.
As a result, the Government has been working with LOCOG and transport operators on plans to ensure our transport system can handle the demand and London can keep moving during the Games.
Key measures include:
- Major infrastructure improvements to build capacity across rail and London underground;
- Marketing and information campaigns to encourage businesses and the public to plan their journeys, avoiding peak times and transport hot spots;
- Extra staff deployed at immigration desks to reduce queuing times at ports, airports and international rail terminals; and
- An Olympic Route Network that balances the needs of London’s traffic with the needs of athletes and officials to get to venues on time.