Summer 2012 Olympics Activities in London

05 Jun, 2012 by  Paul White

Be prepared for extra volume and delays on roadways and public transportation.

The city of London has been elected the host city of the XXX Olympic Summer Games in 2012. The Games Opening Ceremony will commence on the 27th of July and run until the Closing Ceremony on the 12th of August 2012. The London 2012 Games will be centered around the Olympic Park in East London. With 9 million tickets sold, up to 180,000 spectators will enter Olympic Park each day making this area the primary focus of Olympic activities.

Venues and Affected Areas:

There are 26 Olympic sports taking place in 34 different venues, including Wembley Stadium, the All-England Club in Wimbledon, Lord’s Cricket Ground and Horse Guards Parade. There will be a number of “Travel Hotspots” which are expected to be the busiest areas, junctions, and routes across London during the games. In particular, these will include areas around major interchange stations, such as King’s Cross St. Pancras, London Bridge and Bank, and routes that link central London with venues.

It is expected that around 80% of spectators attending events in Greater London will travel by rail (including the London Underground and Docklands Light Railway-DLR), placing extra demand on an already very busy network.

Although the majority of spectators will travel to the games by public transport, roads in London will be busier than usual at certain times. This is because certain events -- Olympic Torch Relay (July 26), Marathons (Aug 5 & 12), Road Cycling (July 28, 29 & Aug 1), the Race Walk (Aug 4 & 11) and the cycling element of the Triathlon (Aug 4 & 7) -- will take place on roads.

Enhanced Transportation Services to Accommodate the Extra Volume:

  • Train and Underground services will finish approximately an hour later
  • Train frequency will be optimized to meet the sustained demands throughout the day and extra demand in the evening
  • Complimentary bus services – day and night
  • Park and ride services to venues
  • Extra river services
  • New lines and stations
  • Tube upgrades

Affected Airports:

As the situation currently stands, the airline industry believes that there is a significant risk of severe delays and disruption at all of London’s major airports. Britain, the sixth most visited country in the world, has its major airports running at near full capacity on an average day. With the additional 700,000 international travelers expected, air traffic controllers must find a way of coping with the number of planes taking off and landing during the Olympics. The Department for Transport (DfT) said it has already promised a range of special measures intended to prevent disruption, by increasing air space capacity.

London’s Heathrow Airport is expected to receive around 80% of all the Olympics' visitors. August 13th 2012 is expected to be the busiest day in Heathrow’s history.

If you are traveling to London this summer, we recommend the following:

  • Avoid peak travel dates and times
  • Book early
  • Know your airports
  • Plot connections carefully
  • Pack wisely
  • Fly into a different city if necessary

Check our website for all current information regarding Airport Delays.

Deliveries and Collections:

Quick is pleased to confirm that all of our operations will continue as normal during these exciting events and we are committed to providing our customers with the highest standards of service possible.

With this in mind, you may be confident that when higher volumes of traffic are expected in and around our regular collection routes, we will do whatever it takes to ensure minimal disruptions to our normal services. But, should any uncontrollable delay occur, we will work with you to provide the best alternative solution to avoid any extended delays for your shipments, and will communicate with you to keep you apprised of any situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us 24/7 at:
+44 (20) 8897 6000

For additional information regarding Olympic activities, you can visit the Official Olympics Website.

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About Paul White
Corporate Executive Vice President, London, UK

Paul White has been with Quick International Courier since 1985 and oversees operations and business development for the European Community.   As a veteran of the logistics industry, Mr. White brings a wealth of... Read more.

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