London Assembly Transport Committee discusses London 2012 transport issues
A session of the London Assembly Transport Committee was held this morning (14th June 2012) which aimed to understand the lessons that can be learned for London 2012 from the Diamond Jubilee weekend.
Transport Committee members questioned the following people:
The Committee expressed disappointment at the performance of Network Rail and the train operating companies over the Jubilee weekend and were also disappointed that ATOC (the Association of Train Operating Companies) failed to send a representative to the meeting. The Committee said that national rail services appeared to be the weak link in the transport supply chain and that there had been a significant failure of demand planning and modelling by rail operators.
Dave Ward, Olympic delivery director, for Network Rail, explained that London Bridge station has been a particular pinch-point during the Jubilee weekend and that it had to be temporarily closed for safety reasons. Contingency plans to close surrounding roads to allow crowds to spread out outside the station area had been effective and would be repeated if necessary at this and other stations during London 2012. This will be of concern to business continuity managers, since such unexpected road closures could have severe knock-on impacts on the wider road network during Games Time.
The Committee was told that overall the Tube network had performed well, albeit that there had been significant crowding at some stations and that there had been periods of ‘intense inconvenience’ for many passengers. This experience is likely to be replicated during London 2012 even when the transport network is running to plan. It was stressed that information dissemination and journey planning were key: and the Journey Planners provided by London 2012 and TfL are a vital aspect of this. Business continuity managers need to understand the critical importance of pre-planning staff movements and supply chain logistics during the Olympic period.
The take-up of TfL business continuity planning advice services was discussed. The Committee was informed that 533 larger businesses had had site-specific advice from a TfL advisor. In addition 2,700 smaller businesses had attended local workshops.
•Date: 14th June 2012 • UK •Type: Article • Topic: London 2012 business continuity