Introduction to Transport for the London Olympics
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games are also called the Games of the XXX Olympiad. They are taking place in London for the third time next year after previously being held in 1908 and 1948. Due to the fact that the Olympics are the biggest sporting event worldwide, it is very important that they are planned meticulously and that nothing is left to chance. It is estimated that there will be around 10 million tickets sold for the Olympics, which means that there will be millions of people who will have to find a way to get to and get around London. This is why transport is one of the most important issues when it comes to an event as important and as big as the Olympic Games.
About Transport for the London Olympics
One of the main issues about transport for the London Olympics is the fact that there will not only be around 10 million people coming for the Olympics, but there will also be a lot of tourist activity during the summer in London and a lot of people will visit this city regardless of the Olympics. Knowing this, it is important that possible problems with transport be foreseen and avoided.
London is famous for having good public transport solutions and there has been a lot of work done to improve all transport options in order to avoid congestion and generally chaotic situations during the 2012 London Olympics. For example, the London Overground East London Line is being expanded, the Docklands Light Railway and the North London Line are both being upgraded, and generally all means of public transport are being improved in numerous ways. All this work is being completed in order to make it easier and faster for people to get around the city.
The Thames Gateway Cable Car and the Olympic Javelin Shuttle
Besides the existing public transport that is being improved, there will be two new features introduced concerning transport for the London Olympics: the Thames Gateway Cable Car and the Olympic Javelin Shuttle.
The Thames Gateway Cable Car is a cable car that will cross the River Thames between Greenwich Peninsula and the Royal Docks and it will help 2,500 passengers an hour cross the river and do it safely and quickly.
The Olympic Javelin Shuttle service is a fleet of high speed trains which is planned to take around 25,000 passengers an hour to the Olympic Park. The service is planned to run only for the duration of the London Olympics and it will run between St Pancras International Station and Ebbsfleet International Station, going through Stratford International Station.
All in all, it can be concluded that transport for the London Olympics will be an all around success, according to the improvements of the public transport in London and the innovations that will be introduced. Providing that everything goes as planned, and it probably will, the London Olympics will be one of the most successful and interesting Olympics ever.