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10.09.12

Spectators rate Olympic transport as ‘extremely good’

Transport provision during the Olympic Games has been rated as “extremely good” by spectators, the London Olympic Delivery Organising Committee (LODOC) has reported.

Eight out of 10 passengers rated the experience of getting home after an event at the Olympics or Paralympics as “extremely good”, and 74% gave the same rating to the ease and efficiency of London’s public transport.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) provided Blue Badge parking for almost 27,000 vehicles, and 14,600 cycle spaces or racks for spectators during the Games.

Hugh Sumner, the ODA’s director of transport, said: “The transport system did not just survive this once-in-a-lifetime challenge, it flourished. Record-breaking investment ensured we had trains, buses, stations, and networks able to efficiently handle record-breaking numbers of spectators.

“People heeded our advice about changing their daily travel habits for just a few weeks to make life easier for everyone, whether Londoners, Britons or international visitors – and we are delighted that the planning paid dividends and has left people remembering London 2012 for all the right reasons.”

Even the RMT had warm words. It praised the staff who made the success a reality and its general secretary Bob Crow said: “The successful transportation of the millions of extra passenger journeys each day is a testament to the skill and dedication of the workforce and has been achieved through increasing staffing levels and through ensuring a proper recognition and reward for the extra pressure carried by the transport team over the past two months.

“The lesson that has been learnt is that where staff are given the opportunity and the resources, in a spirit of co-operation rather than confrontation, they can deliver gold-standard services that are the envy of the world.”

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