London transport copes with Games traffic


The transport commissioner has praised London for embracing the Olympic Games and using public transport to get around the city.

Peter Hendy revealed that during London 2012, the London Underground network carried more than 60 million people – 30 per cent more than normal.

There was also a 100 per cent increase in passengers travelling on the DLR and close to six million people made use of London Overground services during the Games.

"By changing the way you travelled, you helped support the Games and kept London moving. Without you, the past two weeks wouldn't have been possible. Thank you," explained the transport commissioner.

He added that the Paralympic Games will also require the support of commuters and visitors taking London getaways.

He said: "On 29 August, the Opening Ceremony for what promises to be an equally great Paralympic Games will take place. We'll need your help again in avoiding the busiest times and locations. Thank you in advance and let's get ready to welcome the world once more."

There has already been strong ticket sales for the Paralympic Games which begin with an opening ceremony on August 29th and visitors staying in central London hotels during the event are advised to make sure they keep up-to-date with the travel situation via the Transport for London website.

Seb Coe, chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: "We are absolutely delighted with how the British public has responded so far to tickets for the Paralympic Games."