London 2012 and the Transport Legacy

27 February 2013

London's transport coped successful with record-breaking passenger numbers during the Olympics. Why did it run successfully and what legacy can be achieved from the investment and experience?

The Transport Committee's report examines the legacy for London's transport following the Olympics. With more than £7.2 billion invested in transport in the run-up to London 2012 , the Committee's report calls on the Mayor and Transport for London to ensure that high-performing London transport is part of the wider legacy of the Olympics.

London 2012 and the Transport Legacy highlights six areas that should be built into the transport legacy. These include:

  • Activating ‘co-ordination teams’ between transport operators for major events
  • Maintaining long-term reliability aided by major infrastructure investment
  • Encouraging permanent changes to commuters' travel behaviour, including increased cycling and walking and use of river services
  • Improving accessibility for all on London’s transport network

Lessons from London
The lessons learnt by London could also prove useful to future hosts of the Olympics, World Cup and other major events.

Caroline Pidgeon, Chair of the Transport Committee, has written to the Brazilian Embassy with some useful advice for ensuring transport is able to “cope with the pressure of additional visitors, deliver athletes to events swiftly and allow residents to get to work”.