The ODA has completed three quarters of its transport improvement programme for the 2012 Olympic Games - on time and to budget.
Transport improvements began in December 2006, to build a new 12-track railway depot at Orient Way, moving existing sidings and clearing the rest of the park for the ‘big build’ for the main buildings and associated development.
Transport improvements will be completed by the end of 2010 when capacity increase work is finished at West Ham and Stratford stations.
ODA Chairman John Armitt said: “Moving hundreds of thousands of spectators and tens of thousands of athletes, media, officials and Games workers in the summer of 2012 is a huge logistical challenge.
“We are on track for completing the transport improvements needed for Games and legacy. We are not complacent and are working hard with our transport delivery partners to ensure that we maintain this good progress as we move into detailed operational planning,” he said.
Work completed so far includes:
- 12 track railway sidings constructed at Orient Way;
- Two new platforms for North London Line services to replace the low level platforms previously used by the DLR;
- The first of 22 new DLR rail cars co-funded by the ODA are in service;
- The construction of a new Eastern Egress bridge at Stratford International Station to shorten the walking distance to Stratford Regional Station;
- The DLR’s second crossing under the river to Woolwich Arsenal, opened in February 2009, which will host the Shooting events;
- Work on the DLR extension to Stratford International is well underway and is on track to open in July 2010;
- Passengers at Stratford Regional Station are already using three new lifts and wider staircases. A new upper level station entrance and westbound Central Line platform are all on track to be completed by the end of 2010;
- Work has started on improving cycle routes in east London as a result of the ODA’s £11m investment;
- Operational planning, including timetabling, is being developed.
Progress is published in the draft second edition of the Transport Plan for the London 2012 Games, published today.
Feedback will feed into the to the second full edition of the Transport Plan, to be published next year, when the ODA move from delivering the final infrastructure to more detailed planning for Games-time operations.
Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: “Reliable and efficient transport will be crucial to the success of London 2012 and we are determined to get it right. This report shows we are on time and on budget to deliver the improvements needed, which will benefit travellers long after the Games have finished.
“Railway lines, trains and stations are being upgraded to cope with the thousands of athletes, volunteers and spectators who will travel to the Games each day. We want to make sure spectators have a choice of ways to get to the Games, whether it’s by public transport, bicycle or on foot.”
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Work on the capital’s transport network ahead of bringing the Games to London is proceeding at a sensational pace. The improvements being made to our stations, track, the DLR, and our cycle routes are happening on time, to the budget that was set and will serve Londoners well for years to come.”
LOCOG Chairman Seb Coe said: “These transport improvements demonstrate again what is meant by London 2012’s vision to use the power of the Games to inspire lasting change. Not only are they essential to ensure a memorable experience for athletes, spectators and the general public during Games-time, but their lasting legacy will deliver benefits for commuters and families for years to come.”