Apparently there are going to be something like an extra half million people travelling in London each day with three million additional trips in London on the busiest day of the Games. 80% of spectators will travel by tube and rail. That's a lot of extra journeys!
In total, London will host 7% more visitors than average during the Games period, with the largest number of these coming from the USA (19% of total expected arrivals), then Germany (8%), Australia, Italy and Canada. Visitors from BRICS nations (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa) will account for 9% of total arrivals.
Some people say that TfL are running a scaremongering campaign to keep people off the trains and roads. I'm not sure, maybe so, maybe not, but you can't have all those extra bodies without an impact. TfL say that unless people change their travel habits we can expect half hour waits for the tube at certain times of the day. By way of an example, I'm attaching an infographic with the TfL estimation of wait times at London Bridge Station hour by hour for each day of the games. (You can get the same thing for other stations on the GAOTG website)
So what to do? If you're like me you'll still have to travel most days. So, I'm arming myself with as much info as possible. TfL have added a journey planner page to their 'Get Ahead of the Games' Website. It has links to help plan your travel and downloadable daily bulletins with detailed info about travel on each day of the Games. Here are the main links to the inetractive maps:
Public transport http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/london-public- transport.html
Rail: http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/london-nationa l-rail.html
Roads: http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/london-driving -and-roads.html
That's what I'll use. The only question that remains is should I clog up my Twitter feed with the live travel bulletins from TfL on @GAOTG ?
Posted as part of an Olympics travel awareness campaign on London's hyperlcoal websites