(PRWEB) August 20, 2012
More than 900,000 spectators used park-and-ride, shuttle buses, accessible services, direct coaches, and special walking and cycling routes, to get to nine venues outside London during the Olympic Games. The figures come from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), which developed the transport plan for the Games, covering the London venues and the rest of the UK.
As well as funding Transport for London’s extra services, the cost of spectator Games travelcards, and extra and longer National Rail trains, the ODA ran its own directly-managed services to give spectators a range of options to get to their venues. Feedback from users described them as ‘brilliant’, ‘exceptional’ and ‘great service’.
At least 18m spectator journeys were made to and from Games events in and around London during the Olympic Games, and millions more trips were made as people attended the Olympic road events and visited Live sites across the city. The ODA’s partner organisations ran more frequent and extra late services, with real-time customer information from thousands of travel assistants at stations.
The ODA invested £429m to produce a legacy of improvements to the transport system, including £281 million for projects in the capital delivered by TfL. These included DLR infrastructure upgrades, a revamp of Stratford station and modernisation of the North London Line. Three car DLR trains have been a key factor in its record-breaking Games-time performance, with more than 6m journeys – 100 per cent more than usual. And 1.4m people used the high-speed Javelin service, designed and funded by the ODA, between St Pancras and the Olympic Park.
Now the ODA is gearing up for the world’s second biggest multi-sports event, the Paralympic Games. There are fewer venues but the same mix of travel options is being offered. [Full details in Notes to Editors.]
It wants spectators to plan their trips now, get the best deals, avoid a last-minute rush and so ensure they don’t miss a minute of the action. They can find out more and book online at http://www.getaheadofthegames.com
Successes during the Olympic Games included:
Hugh Sumner, the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Director of Transport, said: 'The Olympic Games are a challenge unlike any other – and not just for the athletes. We used a wide range of data to predict the way people would want to travel. We were confident the transport system would cope – but we had to plan for every eventuality and build in extra capacity where it might be needed.
'Shuttle services were popular, demand for trains topped expectations and park-and-ride was preferred for some venues. London 2012’s commitment to a public transport Olympics has been delivered. Now we are learning from our experience as we fine-tune plans for the Paralympic Games. We want them to be just as big a success and spectators to book now to be sure of a stress-free day-out at their Paralympic events.'
At the Sailing venue at Weymouth and Portland:
At the Canoe Slalom venue, the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire:
At the Hadleigh Farm Mountain Biking venue:
At the five football venues outside London, at Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle:
Spectators got in touch with the Olympic Delivery Authority to pay tribute to the services. Simon Kent, who used the park-and-ride service at Eton Dorney twice, described it as 'brilliant', saying that parking was well thought-out with helpful staff. 'I couldn’t find fault if I tried,' he told the ODA.
Paul Brown e-mailed the ODA to praise the 'exceptional' park-and-ride service from Thurrock to the Olympic Park, while Jane Baldwin travelled by park-and-ride to Old Trafford in Manchester and the Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire and said she said received 'great service'.
Stephanie Pollard from Dorset was impressed with services at Weymouth and Portland: 'I went to the sailing and my family and I had an absolutely wonderful time. We were very impressed with the level of organisation (the park and ride was brilliant, loved the new buses!) and the friendliness of the staff at the Nothe.'
Notes to Editors:
1. During the Paralympic Games the ODA will be running and/or managing:
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