LONDON'S OLYMPIC bid transport director Hugh Sumner and his team have moved from Transport for London (TfL) to join the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), it was confirmed this week.
They are now based at the ODA's Canary Wharf headquarters in east London.
Sumner's team is responsible for overseeing delivery of the £17bn of transport infrastructure improvements promised in London's winning bid to host the 2012 Games.
'It was always a very strange beast, ' said Sumner, describing the Olympic Transport team's role within TfL since it was established in 2003.
'Our team was tasked with the total service delivery of transport [for the Games] right across the UK, not just London.' The team will be known as the Olympic Transport Authority (OTA) if the Olympic bill passes through Parliament as expected next month.
It already shares an office with the ODA, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and the London Development Agency's land acquisition team.
Sumner said the co-location of these bodies has improved communication and speeded decision making. This was in evidence in the run up to last week's announcement on the change of the Olympic Park's proposed layout (News last week).
The transport team consists of TfL employees and consultants from EC Harris and Steer Davies Gleave. Four top staff and other appointments are expected to be confirmed next month.
John McKenna . A full interview with Hugh Sumner will appear in an NCE Olympic supplement next month.