London 2012: transport delivered

Contrary to the expectations of many, London’s transport system successfully coped with nearly a million more journeys every day during the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

The full story of how the city’s transport network was upgraded has just been published in a special issue (165 TR4) of the ICE Transport journal.

Meeting an unprecedented challenge

Hugh Sumner, director of transport for the UK Olympic Delivery Authority, says in the lead paper, “The scope of operations for London 2012 was the most demanding London’s transport network has ever had to meet – 24 venues, 10,500 athletes, 8.8 million spectators and 22,000 media representatives; in all 800,000 additional journeys on the busiest day.”

He says the strategy was to make best use of all existing transport infrastructure and services, building new infrastructure only where it was essential.

The papers look at the different areas of this strategy, explaining in detail the key elements of the work done to ensure the successful delivery of transport for London 2012.

A legacy for UK transport

The years of meticulous planning, programme management and joint working clearly paid off. “Transport services operated well, keeping London and the UK moving and open for business despite carrying a record number of passengers,” says Sumner.

“But there are also many legacy benefits from the games – for instance in infrastructure and operations, partnership working, volunteering, freight and logistics and communication to customers – that all transport partners will be working together to capture and build on for the future.”

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