Games transport ‘hotspot’ information released to ensure London is ‘open for business’ in 2012



London’s businesses and organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Canary Wharf Group and the Evening Standard have welcomed Transport for London’s (TfL) release of London 2012 Games transport ‘hotspot’ information and advice, which will enable businesses to finalise their plans and ensure the Capital is ‘open for business’ throughout next summer’s fantastic spectacle of sporting and cultural events.

Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a huge 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. 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.

In response to requests from business for more detailed information, TfL has now published very detailed transport ‘hotspot’ information covering London’s roads and public transport network. This demonstrates that, rather than requiring a blanket reduction in travel by 30 per cent across London as a whole, the transport challenge is focused at certain times and in certain locations, generally in central London and around Games venues.

Around 70 per cent of Greater London’s road traffic 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. However, on the busiest days, there will an additional three million journeys in London as people watch the Games and attend cultural events, meaning the road and public transport networks will be much busier than usual in certain locations.

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.

The road and Tube station ‘hotspot’ maps and accompanying travel advice are based on the latest data and information on which TfL is developing its own operational transport plans.

On the roads, the maps show the impact for each day of the Games and on the days immediately preceding. Alongside the road ‘hotspot’ maps, TfL has developed an online road journey planning tool, available at, which shows the additional journey time for those road journeys that really must be undertaken at the busiest times and in the busiest locations, such as the delivery of perishable goods.

On the Tube and DLR, detailed station descriptions have been produced, showing the impact at 30 of the affected stations, day-by-day and at half-hour intervals. They show the impact at stations if nothing was done to manage the demand from Games spectators and regular customers, taking into account seasonal demand patterns.

Importantly, they also show how the impact is alleviated when an anticipated reduction of 20 per cent in the total number of journeys is achieved as a result of changed travel patterns at these times and locations. This reduction is based on work undertaken by TfL and London 2012 in consultation with businesses, who already expect and have planned that some staff will not travel at these times and locations as they will be working at another location, working from home, taking holiday – perhaps to attend the Games as a spectator – or working longer hours, but fewer days in each week.

For many station ‘hotspots’, this reduction in journeys significantly addresses the impact of the Games, other than on particularly busy days and times. For a few stations, a significant challenge remains and TfL is continuing to work with local employers to ensure they understand the impacts, can plan ahead and, working together, we can further mitigate the impacts at these stations.

At such locations, options remain to ‘retime, reroute or remode’ journeys, which is what businesses can now plan to do with the ‘hotspot’ information released today. Travel advice accompanying each station ‘grid’ provides all the local alternative travel options, such as walking and cycling routes, bus routes and alternative Tube and rail stations.

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