Transport could make or break the London 2012 Olympics


Transport bosses are hoping for a 30% drop in commuter levels to avoid problems during the Games

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Here is a specially extended TV piece I have made on transport and how it is shaping up for next summer and the Olympics.

Transport for London has to achieve a 30% drop in "background" commuters to make room for Olympic visitors - and that is a considerable challenge.

They are working with businesses at the moment, trying to get them to encourage employees to work from home.

A campaign will also start in the New Year aimed at persuading commuters to change their travel plans.

London 2012 - Begin your journey here

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As I've written about before, there are also serious concerns about the "Games Lanes" and what they will mean for the roads.

Businesses I have spoken to say they still have not received enough information on what the road restrictions will mean for them.

However, TfL do have a reputation for delivering on big events - so might things be OK after all?

Do you think the transport network will cope next summer?

Tom Edwards Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 4.

    The transport system barely works now.
    Why hasn't any government done anything to try and get businesses to allow staff to work at home or even proper flexy time
    - (watch out made up stat coming) -
    Nine out of ten office companies would save a fortune if they actually trusted staff to work at home.
    The technology is here now.

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    Comment number 3.

    What a lot of nonsense this story was. Guess what? There will be a lot of visitors to London for the Olympics and that they will be using public transport - Surprise, surprise! So do we really think no-one else has thought of that? Or is it BBC London's obession with dragging out knocking copy on the London Olympics to fill up its TV news slots? last night it had 2 Olympic stories.

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    Comment number 2.

    There is no Step Free access at South Kensington Station and it will be used by many visitors to Olympic and Paralympic events in Hype Park - please join our campaign to get TFL to change this.

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    Comment number 1.

    I've lost track of how often the date when the Jubilee line update will be completed has been changed. It's never worked properly since the Millennium muck-up. Last weekend yet again there were no trains from Willesden Green.
    There should be a £5 surcharge on all Olympic tickets to partially compensate Londoners. And we should all have free transport during the games.



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