Olympic Games - Transport

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Bob Neill
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Ken Livingstone


Could London's transport system cope with the Olympic games without the East London Line extension? Will it be in place by 2012? What is causing the delay in proceeding with the project? .


Answer for Olympic Games - Transport

Answer for Olympic Games - Transport

Answered By: 
Ken Livingstone

London has a large and flexible transport system, and the Olympics zone is situated near Stratford which is one of the most accessible places in London. Furthermore much of the travel to the Olympics will be counter-peak, and the Olympics transport strategy will also be seeking to reduce peak commuting flows so as to release capacity for Olympics traffic.The East London Line extensions would assist in reducing rail congestion in east and south east London, and would therefore make a usefu significant contribution to strengthening the Olympics transport strategy and London's bid. However, alternative approaches will be developed for the Olympics should the East London Line extension not be in place in time. The Government approved the Business Case for the East London Line extensions in July 2003. The SRA have allocated funds for the continuing development of the project over the next two years and are ready to publish an OJEU notice that would start the procurement process for a contractor who would design, build and then transfer the new railway to Network Rail. Network Rail in turn would recoup the cost of the railway from track access charges paid by rail operators. This is a novel funding mechanism and the Government need to give it the go-ahead. It is this Government go-ahead on the funding mechanism that is now awaited, and I suggest all London stakeholders press for this to be given as soon as possible. .