The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has today welcomed the International Olympic Committee's commitment that, where possible, the ‘Games Family’ will be encouraged to use London's public transport system during the 2012 Games.
The Mayor confirmed that plans are advanced for an Olympic Route Network to ensure athletes and officials are able to travel quickly to their venues in 2012 but wants to ensure that all non-essential trips are made using London’s comprehensive transport network
During a telephone conference today between the Mayor and IOC President Jacques Rogge, in which they discussed the Mayor’s vision for lasting improvements that the capital would see as a result of staging the 2012 Games, Mr Rogge confirmed that the IOC would encourage members of the Games Family to use London’s transport system where possible. They also discussed London's plans to ensure all visitors in 2012 have the most enjoyable and memorable experience.
Last summer the Mayor wrote to IOC President Jacques Rogge saying that plans were well advanced for the Olympic Route Network, which will transport athletes and officials with unique travel requirements to and from Olympic events in a timely manner. However, to minimise traffic on the network, he urged the President to work with him to ask all members of the 'Games Family', who are eligible to use it, to do so only when it is essential.
The Mayor Boris Johnson said:
"It is essential to ensure athletes and officials can travel quickly to their venues with their equipment during the Games. Their arrival in plenty of time and in peak condition is my main priority and our Olympic Route Network will meet those special travel needs.
"However, I am extremely grateful for the IOC's commitment to encourage all members of the Games Family to travel on London's excellent and rapidly expanding transport system wherever possible. Apart from its convenience and speed in getting around town, I am sure that members of the Games family will also discover more of the wonders of our great city."