Paralympics presents travel challenge

By Giles Broadbent on August 23, 2012 1:27 PM |


Londoners aided the quest for a trouble-free Olympics on public transport by quitting the capital in their droves.

The Paralympic Games, although on a lesser scale, still presents a challenge, not least because the schools have returned and the summer holidays are over.

Transport for London (TfL) this week repeated the message to plan ahead and avoid the hotspots.

In addition, Premier League football matches, BBC Proms in the Park and the Thames Festival are also expected to heap more pressure on the network.

East London, particularly around the Olympic Park in Stratford, the Excel centre and Greenwich Park, will be hit with the greatest demand.

Transport commissioner Peter Hendy said: "We already know the London 2012 Paralympic Games will see the most spectators in its history, which is fantastic.

"And with the new school year beginning in the second week and groups expected to travel together on the transport network, we expect these Games to hold some new challenges."

TfL has warned that the Jubilee Line and DLR will see the largest number of passengers.

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