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Games Time Travel Summary. Golden Mile Transport Group 24 October 2012. Summary findings on travel demand during summer 2012…. Some facts and figures about TfL’s services during the Games are provided below:

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Games time travel summary

Games Time Travel Summary

Golden Mile Transport Group

24 October 2012


Summary findings on travel demand during summer 2012

Summary findings on travel demand during summer 2012…

Some facts and figures about TfL’s services during the Games are provided below:

London Underground (LUL): During the Olympics, over 62 million journeys were made on the Tube - up 35 per cent on normal levels. Tuesday 7 August was the busiest day in the Tube’s history, with 4.57 million passengers.

Docklands Light Railway (DLR): Nearly 6.9 million journeys were made over the Olympics - up by over 100 per cent on normal levels. Over 500,000 journeys on a single day were made for the first time on Friday 3 August.

London Overground (LO): Over 6.3 million journeys were made during the Olympics - up 57 per cent on normal levels.

Similar figures are currently being collated for the Paralympic Games.


Summary findings on travel demand during summer 20121

Summary findings on travel demand during summer 2012…

Londoners listened to advice and travelled sensiblyresearch indicates that 36% of Londoners made changes to their regular journeys during the Olympic Games period.

Patterns of freight and servicing were also adapted to take account of Games time travel conditions.

Traffic in central London was typically down by around 15 per cent during the Olympics and by 5-10 per cent during the Paralympics

Reduce was the most popular of the 4R’s (15%) with re-time the next most popular (9%). (reroute to avoid busy areas and revise mode the other two)


Summary findings on travel demand during summer 20122

Summary findings on travel demand during summer 2012…

Much of the credit for this behaviour change goes to London’s businesses, thousands of whom have enabled and encouraged different travel by their staff, their suppliers and their customers. 

London’s transport network can accommodate more people than previously thought possible.

Simple changes such as spreading the peak times of travel and switching from public transport to walking for some shorter journeys enabled the capacity of the transport system to be used more efficiently.

TfL is committed to learning the lessons of the London 2012 Games. Online survey recently circulated. Results to be presented at a ‘thank you’ event in November, opportunity also to shape TfL’s future work in this area.


Games time travel summary

Mark Frost

Senior Transport Planner

London Borough of Hounslow

020 8583 5037

[email protected]


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