How will London cope during the 2012 Olympic games?

July 13, 2012 · Posted in Sports 

Twelve Million Transport journeys are made every day in London. The transport infrastructure of this historic city has underground a major over haul to make those journeys as quick and easy as possible for Londoners and visitors.

Hosting the Olympic games presents the host country with a big challenge and London in 2012 is no exception. Over 6 billion has been spent in an attempt to bring the infrastructure up to a standard where it will cope. Has this been enough? It will become apparent at the end of July 2012.

With the aim of making sure that people are able to get around London as quickly and efficiently as possible during the games, there has been a massive effort in the run up to the games to organise things. Public transport is expected to play a key role in moving people around the city.

2012 will be London’s third Olympic Games. The transport system has come a long way since 1948.

The tube (London’s metro) has been moving people around the city since 1863 and is the oldest system of its kind in the world.

With all the aforementioned upgrades complete, underground users are already benefiting. Stratford, East London, the principal hub of the games, is now one of the best connected stations in the UK. The underground service will run later and more frequently across London for the duration of the games. All spectators attending the game will receive a free all zones travel card for the day of their event.

In addition to upgrades to the tube system, there have been upgrades to the bus services too. Even with all these upgrades and all the money invested the best way to get around may still be on foot or pedal power, depending on the length of your journey (and the weather!).

If you are coming to London for the Olympics then there is a wide variety of accommodation available. However with the influx of visitors it could be difficult to get your first choice if you don’t act quickly.

Of course, this is the third time that London hosts the Olympics, and London is a city that can offer high standards for its visitors. This third occasion will make London the only city in the world that has hosted the Olympics 3 times. The first was in 1908, second in 1948. The lawns of Wimbledon will be the venue for Olympic tennis, central London will host archery, road cycling, beach volleyball.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come to London and they will all need a place to stay. New hotels are already opening in London, with this opportunity they’ve created new places for people that need a job in this area, as a chef, bellboy, or any other job in this area. From campsites to castles, the UK offers a wide variety of accommodation for people with tickets to events at their venues in Coventry, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and many other cities, plus Weymouth and Portland.

London should be able to cope with all the extra visitors, it is already one of the most popular international city destinations in the world.

Planning a visit to London for the Olympics? Why not take a trip up the road and find out what Cambridge has to offer as well?

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