New guidance for London businesses released by Transport for London (TfL) today, estimates there will an additional 3m journeys in London on the busiest days of the 2012 Olympics as people watch the Games and attend cultural events.
According to TFL, that means the road and public transport networks will be much busier than usual in certain locations.
However, rather than requiring a blanket reduction in travel by 30% across London as a whole, TfL said the transport challenge will be focused at certain times and in certain locations, generally in central London and around Games venues.
Around 70% of road traffic in Greater London will be unaffected and two thirds of Tube and DLR stations will see no impact, in terms of additional time taken to board a train, it said.
TfL released the information on travel hotspots in the Capital during the 2012 Olympics to leading London businesses and organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Canary Wharf Group and Deloitte and the Evening Standard today.
According to TfL, the advice will enable businesses to finalise their plans and ensure the capital is open for business throughout next summer’s spectacle of sporting and cultural events.
Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a logistical challenge, similar in scale to hosting the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon, concerts across the capital and the London Marathon all on the same day, every day, but over several weeks, said TfL.
Events will be taking place right across London and the UK, with central London particularly busy as it effectively becomes a massive sporting and cultural events venue.
London 2012 and TfL have been working with businesses for over a year, to enable them to plan ahead and from early next year will begin to communicate directly with the public across London and the UK.
Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, said: “Around £6.5bn has been investment in upgrading and increasing capacity on our transport networks, delivering an early legacy of transport improvements which will benefit millions of people for generations to come.
“However, on the busiest days of the Games, with an additional 3m journeys in the capital it is only sensible businesses plan ahead, particularly those in and around travel hotspots. I welcome the publication of this information today and the cooperation of everyone involved in organising the London 2012 Games. This should give us all confidence that we are putting in the necessary steps that will keep the country, and especially our capital, moving whilst delivering the best Games ever.”
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “My message is clear – prepare to profit during the Games. By planning ahead using the information published today, we will not only keep London moving and open for business, but London will benefit financially from the Games and for many years to come through increased investment and visitors.”