At the heart of the Transport Plan is the goal of encouraging 100% of spectators to travel to the Games by public transport, walking and cycling. This will be achieved through enhancing and upgrading transport links in and around the Olympic Park and key 2012 venues to offer spectators world-class transport links to events.
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The publication of the Plan follows a year of significant progress on upgrading and enhancing these transport links and the ODA today published the 'On Track' document, outlining 15 significant achievements, works in progress and future plans being delivered across the transport industry to keep London 2012 on track to transform transport links across the Lower Lea Valley.
The document outlines the new trains, rail lines, and platforms, enhanced stations, river works, and new walking and cycling routes that have already been delivered or are well underway to serve London in Games time and legacy.
A draft version of the Transport Plan was published in October last year setting out the strategy for safe, reliable and accessible transport for the 500,000 spectators daily that will attend the 2012 Games from across the UK and overseas, as well as 50,000 athletes, officials, and media.
Olympic Delivery Authority Chief Executive David Higgins said:
'The Olympic Park will host the world’s biggest sporting event in 2012, and will become a new destination in East London after the Games have gone. It is essential we put in place world-class transport links to make this one of the best connected parts of the capital.
'We want London 2012 to be the Public Transport Games. This is not about banning people from using their cars but about making public transport, walking and cycling the most attractive option for spectators travelling to the Games.
'We are already well underway in achieving this by transforming transport links to the Olympic Park and venues around London – work to treble capacity at Stratford Regional Station is underway; the tunnels needed to extend the Docklands Light Railway have broken through; the first new trains to be used on the Javelin shuttle service in 2012 have arrived in the UK and the high speed rail link they will travel on, HS1, is ready.
'With further 2012 transport schemes and enhancements set to be well-underway by the Beijing Games in 2008 and be completed by 2011, we are on track to deliver an early legacy of transformed transport links for east London.'
Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said:
'Our transport plans were a key strength of our bid to win the Games. The progress we have made on a wide range of transport schemes demonstrates our ability to hit key milestones in delivering world-class transport for the Games and beyond. We will keep London moving during the Games for everyone – for athletes, spectators and the general public.'
Olympics minister Tessa Jowell said:
'We are determined that the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will set new standards for transporting spectators, competitors and officials, carried on rail, bus and walking and cycling networks that should be the envy of the world. This plan outlines how the vision will be turned into a daily reality in 2012 and our plans are already well advanced.
'The International Olympic Committee recognised that transport was a strength of our bid, and I believe it will be one of the outstanding features of London 2012, benefiting not only athletes and spectators but also millions of London transport users for generations to come.'
Minister of State for Transport, Rosie Winterton, said:
'The Olympics and Paralympics will be fantastic events for London and the whole country, and world class events need world class transport. Sustainable, integrated transport networks will be an essential part of the 2012 Games and form an important legacy for east London.
'These plans will bring improved capacity, accessibility and greener ways to travel, whether by road, rail, walking or cycling. I'm sure spectators will enjoy their 2012 visit even more as a result.'
Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said:
'As a direct result of staging the 2012 Games we are delivering a £10 billion programme of new and accelerated investment which is already transforming access to the transport network from east to west and north to south. On its own that investment has been excellent news for London but combine it with the £16 billion Crossrail link and within a generation our capital will become the best connected city in the world.'
The draft Transport Plan, published last year, followed extensive consultation across the transport industry to review and evolve the plans, and the first full edition of the Transport plan has now been published. The document outlines the plans for London 2012 to be the ‘Public Transport Games’ with first-class Games time transport and a legacy of world-class transport links for London.