The start of the London 2012 Olympic Games marks the beginning of what has been described as the “greatest logistical challenge since the Second World War”, but the passenger transport sector is in a confident mood

Over the next two weeks London will attempt to deliver what no other Olympic host city ever has – a car-free “Public Transport Games”. On the busiest days, an extra three million journeys are expected to be made on London’s bus and rail network, and the strain will also be felt well beyond the capital. But despite fears over the network’s resilience, the threat of industrial action and controversy over the Olympic lanes, the mood in the passenger transport sector is confident.

“Everywhere we go, people are saying we could have started last week, we are ready, bring it on,” one senior advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority told Passenger Transport.

This view was supported by a senior UK rail executive. His only fear was that Transport for London’s efforts to deter the public from travelling during the Games would be too successful.

Meanwhile, Richard George, LOCOG director of transport, said: “The level of co-operation that has taken place among all the various different authorities and transport groups has been phenomenally good. I have worked in transport in this country for 35 years and I have never known all the different authorities come together in quite the way that they have for this.”

 

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