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The Docklands Light Railway’s three-car upgrade was completed on time and within budget…
A year on from London being awarded the Games, the UK transport industry has already made impressive progress.
Every year is important in a host city’s cycle of preparations for the world’s largest sporting event but a good start is crucial. In a busy first year for the London 2012 team there have been an encouraging number of key milestones reached from the creation of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) to the progress and completion of a range of transport construction projects.
Transport for London gears up for the best ever connected games.
Following on from the summer issue of Eurotransport in which Hugh Sumner – Transport for London’s Director of Olympic Transport – relished the prospect of presenting the Capital’s public transportation plan on behalf of the UK bid team to the IOC in Singapore, it is only fitting that we bring matters up to date in this issue. Hugh’s compelling pitch revealed the ambitious vision of a totally integrated transport system, capable of responding to the needs of many hundreds of athletes and their entourages, tens of thousands of spectators and the world’s massed media amounting to an estimated half-a-million extra visitors from overseas, all of whom would be descending on the capital in unprecedented numbers. Furthermore, London’s public transport will be free to all Olympic spectators; from dusk till dawn, those with a valid ticket to any Games event in London can travel on London’s public transport for free.
London is one of five cities bidding to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. One of the major strengths of the London 2012 bid has been our ability to set out clearly the variety, extent and frequency of the transport network that visitors to the Games would use. London’s proven track record in moving large numbers of people around the capital for big events reinforces this position.
Visitors to the London Games can look forward to a network that will safely and quickly move them from one venue to another. An investment of £10 billion by Transport for London (TfL) during the next five years, which is already paying dividends and will continue regardless of whether London wins the nomination in July this year, will mean visitors and Londoners will be able to speed from one venue to another whether they arrive by train, plane, Tube, bus, foot or bicycle.