Changes to bus routes for the London 2012 Games
Services on some of the capital’s busiest bus routes will be enhanced and some routes will be placed on diversion during the London 2012 Games.
• London’s bus passengers urged to plan ahead at GetAheadoftheGames.com
• Capacity to be increased on a number of busy routes
• Some routes will be diverted
During the Games, London will become a massive sporting and cultural venue and while the majority of London’s 700 bus routes will be unaffected, meticulous planning has gone into ensuring that disruption to bus passengers is kept to a minimum on those routes that will need to be diverted. In order to keep London moving and help deliver a great Games
The London bus network will be vital to the day-to-day working of the capital during the Games, as well as being an important transport option for spectators heading to Games events.
The frequency of some services will be increased to provide extra capacity during Games time. Also, some single deck buses will be temporarily replaced with double deck buses.
A number of services will be diverted or use different terminals as a result of temporary road changes that are needed to help the Games run smoothly, or during Olympic and Paralympic events taking place on the capital’s roads. Some bus stops will also be moved or temporarily suspended.
Changes to services vary in duration depending on requirements. The timings of diversions have been designed to keep disruption for the travelling public to an absolute minimum. The first of the changes has already taken place with the closure of Stratford City Bus Station at Westfield shopping centre requiring the diversion of routes 97, 241, 339 and D8 to Stratford town centre, but most changes will not be needed until closer to Games time.
John Barry, TfL’s Head of Network Development for London Buses, said: “During the Games, London will become a massive sporting and cultural venue. With one million additional people expected in London at Games-time, this will have an impact on the road network and, consequently, some bus routes.
“We have talked to boroughs, community groups and other organisations to ensure that the bus network will help keep London moving during this busy time. Although most of TfL’s bus network will not be affected by diversions, we are advising passengers to plan ahead before they travel this summer. All of the information Londoners and visitors alike will need about the London 2012 Games can be found at www.GetAheadoftheGames.com. There will also be information about the bus network at the bus stops on the routes affected.”
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