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23.07.12

Olympic crowd management system at London Bridge

Network Rail has published updated plans for the operation ofLondonBridgestation during the Olympic Games to manage the thousands of additional spectators expected to travel.

The plans include 140 extra staff, 11 extra customer information screens feeding live information from the Olympic transport coordination centre, 140 new signs to aid orientation throughout the station and ten new goal-post style signs to direct passengers to platforms.

People are advised to avoid using the station if at all possible, and to plan an alternative route. The third day of the Games, Monday July 30, is expected to be the busiest day forLondonBridge, with an additional 69,000 spectators predicted.

The spectators will be travelling against the usual flow of 200,000 commuters, and so passengers will not be able to board trains from platforms 1-6 between 6 and 10pm that evening.

Information about the changes are being distributed via leaflet, contacting all businesses in the area and through Twitter.

Robin Gisby, Network Rail managing director of network operations, said: “I’d like to thank passengers for taking part in the rehearsal atLondonBridgerecently and for their invaluable feedback, which we’ve used to update and improve our plans for the Games.

“The extra staff, signage and information that we have committed to provide will be crucial to keeping the station working at busy times – but it will still be a massive challenge given the huge numbers of additional passengers expected atLondonBridge. Our advice remains for people to avoid the station if they can during the Games and to check GetAheadoftheGames.com for up-to-the-minute travel advice.”

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