Transportation Issues

The cost of travel will typically increase during the summer of 2012, as transport problems remain “one of the biggest risks” to the 2012 Olympic Games according to a London Assembly report (April 2011).

London TransportThe report, carried out by London Assembly’s Transport Committee, found the city’s transport network was already running at near-full capacity. During the games more than a million extra journeys are expected across the busiest nine days. This is due to each Olympic ticket including free travel with public transport in London for the day of the event; including the London Underground and London bus services. As a result there will be significant travel and logistical disruption; therefore it will take more time to get anywhere as London’s transport system will struggle to cope with demand.

Dedicated temporary lanes, similar in appearance and function to bus lanes, will be assigned for the use of official Olympic vehicles and emergency services only. Please take into account the level of London traffic when organising assignments.

If, for example, a Home Finding trip normally takes three days then assess the time it is likely to take to travel around UK cities during the Olympics. In all likelihood this time frame may need to be extended.

Ensure extra time is allowed when departing/arriving at UK airports during summer 2012, as security will be heightened - expect delays.

London 2012 Olympic organisers have published a report detailing the of hotspots that businesses, Londoners and visitors are being advised to avoid during the London 2012 Olympics Games. 

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The report - issued by Transport for London estimates that 65 per cent of train stations expect to see no additional waiting times, although the stations that will be affected will be the busiest ones.

The report also highlighted that around 70 per cent of the road network in Greater London will be unaffected. However, some locations will be severely affected, however these locations and times will change throughout the Games.

Heatmaps showing expected congestion levels at London 2012 are available on Transport for London's website. Transport for London has also launched a web tool giving journey times from key origin and destination points across the capital.

Dedicated Games Lanes/roads make up a third of the Olympic Route Network, which comprises of a 109-mile stretch of London roads. The lanes will only be accessible to athletes, officials, sponsors, media and emergency vehicles once they open on 25th July, only 48 hours before the opening ceremony. By contrast, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games saw the lanes in place 19 days before the start of the Games.

With all 11m spectators being asked to use public transport, walk or cycle to events, organisers are keen to avoid a repeat of the 1996 Atlanta Games, which was blemished by public transport problems.

An extra 3million journeys are expected in London on the busiest days of London 2012, and organisers expect two-thirds of tube journeys to be busier than normal. In preparation for the mayhem, HCR have set up a dedicated section of the website aimed to help HR teams to begin planning, ensuring your UK based mobility programmes during this period are hassle free.