Public transport successfully ‘delivered’ for London 2012
18 million spectator journeys were made to venues in London using public transport during the Olympics. A further 900,000 spectators used park-and-ride, shuttle buses, accessible services, direct coaches, and special walking and cycling routes, to get to nine venues outside London during the Olympic Games. A Smart Move for the city and for the Games!
More than 900,000 spectators used park-and-ride, shuttle buses, accessible services, direct coaches, and special walking and cycling routes, to get to nine venues outside London during the Olympic Games. The figures come from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which developed the transport plan for the Games, covering the London venues and the rest of the UK.
As well as funding Transport for London (TfL) extra services, the cost of spectator Games travelcards, and extra and longer National Rail trains, the ODA ran its own directly-managed services to give spectators a range of options to get to their venues. Feedback from users described them as 'brilliant', 'exceptional' and a 'great service'.
At least 18m spectator journeys were made to and from Games events in and around London during the Olympic Games and millions more trips were made as people attended the Olympic road events and visited Live sites across the city. The ODA’s partner organisations ran more frequent and extra late services, with real-time customer information from thousands of travel assistants at stations.
The ODA invested £429m to produce a legacy of improvements to the transport system, including £281 million for projects in the capital delivered by TfL.
- More than 200,000 spectators using park-and-ride and rail shuttle buses to get to the Rowing and Canoe Sprint venue at Eton Dorney
- A more than ten-fold increase in usage of a park-and-ride facility at Weymouth and Portland (Sailing) when it was made free of charge to encourage visitors to come to the Dorset towns
- Free on-demand shuttle services for disabled people being used by more than 58,000 individuals, making 7,000 trips
- Almost 300,000 spectators used park and ride, shuttle buses and special walking routes to get to football venues outside London
'Shuttle services were popular, and park-and-ride was preferred for some venues. London 2012’s commitment to a public transport Olympics has been delivered.' Said Hugh Sumner, the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Director of Transport.
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