London 2012 travel pinch points revealed

  • 30 November 2011
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It will be busy at some stations and on some roads but it won't be that bad getting around the capital during the Olympic Games, according to Transport for London (TfL).

We've been given more detail about how London's transport system will be affected and it feels like there is definitely a change in tone and direction at TfL.

The theme is now very much "London will be open for business".

Above is an interview I did with Mark Evers from TfL where he outlines in some detail the pinch points where congestion is likely to be heaviest and offers advice to commuters on how they can avoid getting snarled up.

Previously there had been accusations that scare tactics by TfL would keep visitors away.

Initially TfL had warned it broadly needed a 30% drop in everyday commuters to make way for spectators on the system.

Now it's being more specific and says it will need at least a 30% drop at certain stations at certain times of the day.

At a briefing we were told 70% of roads and 65% of stations would be largely unaffected - mainly in outer London.

However, according to TfL, most roads in the centre of town will see some level of disruption for the entire two weeks.

We heard the controversial exclusive Olympic Route Network (ORN) won't be introduced until two days before the Olympics begin.

That will please businesses and Londoners, but not necessarily athletes and the international media.

The traffic hot spots are not surprisingly around the venues and along the ORN.

There is more detail here on how venues could be affected..

There's also a lot of detail about which stations will be worst affected. Bank and London Bridge look particularly congested but Oxford Circus doesn't look that bad at all.

Image caption The red blocks show when it will take over 30 minutes to get to a train at London Bridge

Here's a picture of the breakdowns of what will happen at London Bridge, for example.

The red blocks are when it will take over 30 minutes to get to a train. More information on which roads and stations will be affected is available here.

Bear in mind this is if the system is operating well and there are no signal failures, for example.

At London Bridge and other busy key locations businesses are being told to get their employees to travel at non-busy times (have a beer after work to avoid the rush), or change their transport mode (walk or cycle) or avoid the station. Or even work from home.

There will also be journey planners to help spectators get to the venues.

You might be in for a shock. To get from Oxford Circus to the venue at North Greenwich, for example, will take one hour and 40 minutes.

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