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Examples of Olympic-themed travel information displayed across London and its surrounding network in the run up to the Games


PETER HENDY CBE, COMMISSIONER, TRANSPORT FOR LONDON H


osting the Olympic and Paralympic


Games is the UK’s big- gest logistical operation in a generation, and transport will play a cru- cial role in ensuring that it is a success. At Transport for London (TfL) we


have twin objectives – to deliver a great Games and keep London and the UK moving. While we recognise that this is a huge task, thanks to a £6.5bn investment in transport and detailed operational planning, we are confident we will get everyone to their events on time, keep London and the UK moving and very much ‘open for business’. Additional Park and Ride, Direct Coach


Services and extended national rail, Tube and DLR services are all ready to get peo- ple to and from Games events. There will also be rapid response teams on standby


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to resolve issues quickly should they arise during the Games. Up to 750 extra Tube station staff will work shifts during the Games period, and around 3,500 TfL of- fice staff will work as Travel Ambassadors on London’s public transport network. During the Games, London will be


turned into a massive sporting and cul- tural venue and central London, the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and areas around venues will be exceptionally busy. Up to 800,000 spectators and 55,000


athletes will be travelling to and from the Olympic venues, along with Games offi- cials, sponsors and members of the media – all of whom need to get to events on time. On the busiest days, we are expect- ing an additional three million journeys on the public transport network, com- pared with the 12 million journeys which are made on London’s public transport network every working day. As a result, we are telling commut- ers, businesses and freight operators to


We are urging people not to chance it over the first few days by failing to plan ahead


be aware and that, in order to avoid any delay or disruption to their journey, they will need to plan ahead. People living and working in Olympic host cities can under- estimate the impact the Games will have on normal travel or adopt a “wait and see” approach. It’s very important that Londoners don’t take this approach, and we are urging people not to chance it over the first few days by failing to plan ahead. The London 2012 Games will undoubt-


edly present TfL and our partners with an unparalleled challenge, but we are confident that we have the plans in place to help deliver the event and leave a last- ing transport legacy.


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