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London 2012 Olympic Games transport strategy

Olympic Delivery Authority

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London 2012 transport, transport strategy, Olympic Games transport

The development of an effective transport plan for the London 2012 Olympics is crucial to the success of the Games.

Our role

After supporting the development of transport strategies for both individual competition venues and the overall transport strategy for London’s successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic Game and Paralympic Games, Steer Davies Gleave was chosen to assist the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) transport planning team.

We provided six staff on secondment to the ODA, who carried out a wide variety of transport planning work assisting the planning of the London 2012 Games.

How we did it

Our previous knowledge and specialist skills helped to focus the planning of Games-time transport services for both spectators and the Olympic Family, with much of our pre-bid planning work remaining a key component of the Olympic Transport Plan. This involved:

  • initial planning the Olympic Route Network;
  • forecasting spectator and Olympic Family travel patterns;
  • developing initial transport plans for competition venues; and
  • writing, designing and publication of the Olympic Transport Plans.

We also developed complex spreadsheet models to forecast the movement of spectators. For the Olympic Route Network, we consulted with affected highway authorities – including the Highways Agency – and worked closely with Transport for London to identify initial requirements for interventions designed to minimise journey times and maximise resilience of the network, while keeping other traffic moving.

We continue to work for the ODA through its framework and are currently undertaking a major study into Park and Ride provision for a number of venues outside of London.

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