London 2012, Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail, train operating companies and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have published full and final information on when and where the UK's Tube and rail networks will be most affected during this summer’s London 2012 Games.
Up to three million additional journeys are expected to be made in London alone on the busiest days of the Games, as London transforms into a giant cultural and sporting venue.
As a result, the transport networks of London and the UK will be very busy, and at certain times and certain places will be much busier than usual.
For the first time, ‘hotspot’ information – which is based on the operational plans of ATOC, Network Rail, train operating companies and TfL – has been made available for both national railway stations and for the Paralympic Games period.
In addition, detailed station descriptions have been produced for all the previously announced ‘hotspot’ and key stations (53 additional Tube and DLR and five more London Overground stations in all), showing the impact at day-by-day, half-hour intervals.
While around two thirds of Tube and DLR stations will be unaffected, the spread of ‘hotspot’ stations across the public transport network means that the DLR, Central and Jubilee lines will be exceptionally busy at certain times throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The impact of the Games on the public transport network will be tackled by a reduction in those planning to travel, through working at alternative locations, including home, staggering working hours, working longer but fewer days, taking annual leave or swapping to alternative forms of transport - including walking and cycling.
For those who still need to travel at peak times, TfL, Network Rail, the train operating companies and ATOC have now provided the complete and final picture on which stations will be most affected, and advice on alternative travel options, available at www.getaheadofthegames.com.
Examples of station and Tube ‘hotspots’ include:
• Bank Tube and DLR station – will be exceptionally busy between 08.00-10.00 and 16.00-22.00 on weekdays throughout the Olympic Games, and 08.00-11.00 and 14.30-20.00 on weekdays throughout the Paralympic Games due to spectators using the Central line to travel to and from events at the Olympic Park, the DLR to travel to and from events at Greenwich Park and ExCeL and because they will be interchanging there.
• Weymouth railway station – the key station for spectators attending Olympic Sailing events between Sunday 29 July and Saturday 11 August. It will be particularly busy two to three hours before events begin, one to two hours after events finish and when the last trains leave at the end of the day.
• Earl's Court Tube station – will be exceptionally busy throughout the Olympic Games due to the Olympic Volleyball events being held at Earls Court. The station will be particularly busy during the changeover periods between the three daily events that will take place, and will be busiest from midday, and in the early evening and late evening from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August.
• London Bridge station - will be exceptionally busy between 07.00-09.30 and 16.00-21.30 throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games – including at weekends. Spectators travelling to and from venues in the Olympic Park, ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park and the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich will pass through or change trains here and the Jubilee line at London Bridge will be particularly busy.
• London Waterloo National Rail station – will be exceptionally busy throughout the Games as it is a key interchange station for spectators, particularly those travelling to Eton Dorney for rowing, the cycling time trial event at Hampton Court, the sailing at Weymouth, the tennis at Wimbledon or those arriving for events in central London – including beach volleyball, the triathlon and the cycle road races. The station will particularly busy between 07.30-10.00 on weekday mornings throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
• Mile End Tube station – will be busier than usual throughout the Games as busy Central and District line trains will pass through the station and because of the Olympic Games Live Site in Victoria Park. It will be particularly busy between 07.30-09.30 as spectators head to the events in the Olympic Park and between 22.30-01.00 during the Olympic Games as people leave the Olympic Park and the nearby Live Site.
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