London businesses and organisations, including John Lewis Partnership, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Canary Wharf Group, Deloitte and the Evening Standard have welcomed the release by Transport for London (TfL) of London 2012 Games transport ‘hotspot’ information and advice.
The ‘hotspot’ information aims to enable businesses to finalise their plans and ensure the capital is ‘open for business’ throughout next summer’s spectacle of sporting and cultural events.
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% 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% 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, says TfL.
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.
Transport Secretary Justine Greening said: “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.”
Alongside the road ‘hotspot’ maps, TfL has developed an online road journey planning tool 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.