London 2012 launches travel website

A one-stop travel shop that enables London 2012 spectators to plan their routes a year ahead of the Games before booking their travel has been launched.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is encouraging spectators to start planning their journeys to venues now that event tickets have been allocated, with Games-time travel tickets on sale 12 months in advance of next summer.

Image of Park and Ride servicesThe online London 2012 spectator journey planner and travel pages marks the first time such a comprehensive travel tool has been specifically created for an Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It will help Games ticket holders plot their routes to venues from anywhere in the country by rail, coach, bus, river or Tube. It also details routes for cycling and walking, and from early next year will allow users to plan their journeys by car to Games park-and-ride and Blue Badge parking sites.

Those with accessibility requirements are able to plan the most suitable routes through the website, such as stations with lifts or ramps.

After selecting their chosen travel modes and routes, spectators are then linked directly to the relevant travel provider to purchase their travel tickets.

The online tool was created in partnership between the ODA, London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG), Department for Transport (DfT) and official Games technology partner ATOS.

Hugh Sumner, ODA Director of Transport, said: “The nations’ transport networks will be extremely busy on routes leading to Games venues next summer and we have worked closely with travel providers to ensure people will be able to get to their events while maintaining background services.

“The next step is for spectators to start planning their journeys and booking their travel now they know what event tickets they have got. The creation of the spectator journey planner will mean people are given all the options before making their choice.”

Picture of an Oyster cardLOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: “Getting spectators to events on time and back home again is going to make a huge difference to how people remember the Games in years to come.

"Next summer will be incredibly busy, and as much as possible is being done to make London 2012 a public transport Games. This spectator journey planner will be a really useful tool and help people decide on the best ways of travelling.”

The spectator journey planner is similar to existing online journey planners but with added benefits for Games spectators. It provides:

  • predicted journey times to and from Games venues from anywhere in Great Britain, including an allowance for security checking at venues;
  • predicted walking and cycling time to and from recommended stations to Games venues;
  • timetable information up to a year before the Games begin to allow Games ticket holders to plan their travel;
  • links to travel booking sites (such as 2012 Games coach and rail services) to enable Games ticket holders to purchase travel tickets up to a year in advance of travel.
    Recommended routes to make journeys as simple as possible, avoiding overcrowded stations and sections of line.

Visit the London 2012 travel website.

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