London 2012: First weekday of Olympics tests public transport


Olympics visitors and commuters faced their first transport challenge this morning after being warned to avoid London Bridge station.

Today is the first real test of the capital's public transport network and how it will cope with the Games.

It will be one of the busiest at London Bridge of the entire Games with an extra 69,000 passengers in addition to the usual daily total of 204,000.

This is mostly because of the large number of people using London Bridge to head for the equestrian individual and team events at Greenwich Park, just two stops away on the mainline.

Others will use the station to connect with the Jubilee line for direct access to the Olympic Stadium at Stratford.

Games visitors will also be travelling against the commuter flow exacerbating the problem.

Those travelling home this evening using Southeastern and First Capital Connect won't be able to use the station to gain access to platforms 1-6 between 6pm and 10pm.

Instead the advice is to use alternative stations such as Charing Cross, Cannon Street, Victoria or Blackfriars.

Commuters using South West Trains services into mainline Waterloo this morning reported even more crowded conditions that usual - and much earlier.

The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) will have have its busiest day of the Games with Canary Wharf and Bank being most congested.

Cutty Sark DLR station will be closed until 8pm this evening.

Olympic events are taking place across the capital at the Olympic Park, ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park, Royal Artillery Barracks, Horse Guards Parade,

Earls Court, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Wimbledon and Wembley Arena.

During the Games, up to one million extra visitors are expected in London every day, making an additional three million journeys over and above the usual 12 million daily journeys on public transport.

On the Tube the following lines and stations will be at their busiest;

*Central line between Chancery Lane and Stratford; busiest stations Bank, Bond Street, Chancery Lane, Holborn and St Pauls;

*District line between Earl's Court and Southfields. Busiest station Fulham Broadway. If you want to avoid the queues at Stratford try West Ham for the Olympic Park instead - 20 minute walk and lots of signs.

*Jubilee line between Wembley Park and Stratford. Busiest stations Bond Street, Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Southwark.

*Northern line between London Bridge and King's Cross St Pancras. Busiest stations Bank, Euston, King's Cross St Pancras, London Bridge and Old Street.

*Piccadilly line between Holborn and Earl's Court. Busiest stations Holborn and King's Cross St Pancras.

*DLR between Canning Town and Prince Regent and between Bank and Greenwich. Busiest stations Bank and Canary Wharf.

Mike Brown, London Underground’s (LU's) managing director, said: “After a fantastic weekend of sport, people are reminded that today they are going back to work in an Olympic City. With hundreds of thousands of spectators going to events across the capital, including 50,000 people travelling to Greenwich for the Equestrian event, it’s vital people plan ahead to avoid the travel hotspots and therefore delay and disruption to their journeys.

“London Bridge is a travel hotspot that will be exceptionally busy, so spectators going to the Equestrian event at Greenwich Park are advised avoid the station. Don’t chance it – plan ahead at and follow the advice of our staff and Travel Ambassadors, who are there to assist both spectators and our regular customers.”

These roads will be at their busiest and should be avoided if at all possible; A4 Corridor (Earl's Court.) Shepherd's Bush roundabout to Fulham Broadway, Turnham Green and Knightsbridge. A40/A406 (Wembley Stadium and arena.) Neasden to Acton and Hanger Lane. Chelsea and Wandsworth (Wimbledon.) Putney Heath to Vauxhall, including Wandsworth Town Centre. Blackwall Tunnel (Greenwich and Royal Artillery Barracks.) All approaches to the tunnel. Greenwich town centre (Greenwich Park.)

Stratford (Olympic Park) and St John's Wood (Lord's Cricket Ground.)

First Great Western passengers into Paddington and Chiltern Railway users into Marleybone suffered long delays due to a signalling problem at Banbury.

Trains were forced to a crawl through the area adding half an hour to journeys.

Mayor Boris Johnson praised commuters and Games visitors for heeding travel advice and taking alternative routes to avoid the hotspots.

As the traditional Monday morning peak started to build he said: "So far things have gone pretty well, touch wood.

"People are getting the message about London Bridge and the large numbers we are expecting at Greenwich because of the equestrian events.

"It is going to be a big day but we think our arrangements are going to cope."
At 8am a Network Rail (NR) spokesman stationed at London Bridge to gauge congestion said: "If anything the station has fewer people than during a normal monring peak.

"All lines are working well. Commuters and visitors alike have clearly taken our travel advice and are using alternative routes and stations - for which we thank them very much indeed."

He warned, however, that conditions at the station could be "very different this evening" as commuters returning home merged with tens of thousands of Games visitors heading back from various events.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Rita Ora will replace Kylie Minogue as a judge on The Voice 2015
Life and Style
Life and Style
Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, was granted a royal pardon last year
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black and Ed Stoppard as her manager Brian Epstein
tvCilla Episode 2 review: Grit under the glamour in part two of biopic series starring Sheridan Smith
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
Tennis player Andy Murray's mum Judy has been paired with Anton du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing. 'I'm absolutely delighted,' she said.
tvJudy Murray 'struggling' to let Anton Du Beke take control on Strictly
Life and Style
Vote with your wallet: the app can help shoppers feel more informed about items on sale
lifeNew app reveals political leanings of food companies
Arts and Entertainment
The cover of Dark Side of the Moon
musicCan 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition? See for yourself
New Zealand fly-half Aaron Cruden pictured in The Zookeeper's Son on a late-night drinking session
A new app has been launched that enables people to have a cuddle from a stranger
voicesMaybe the new app will make it more normal to reach out to strangers
Arts and Entertainment
Salmond told a Scottish television chat show in 2001that he would also sit in front of a mirror and say things like,
tvCelebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Secret politics of the weekly shop

The politics of the weekly shop

New app reveals political leanings of food companies
Beam me up, Scottie!

Beam me up, Scottie!

Celebrity Trekkies from Alex Salmond to Barack Obama
Beware Wet Paint: The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition

Beware Wet Paint

The ICA's latest ambitious exhibition
Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Pink Floyd have produced some of rock's greatest ever album covers

Can 'The Endless River' carry on the tradition?
Sanctuary for the suicidal

Sanctuary for the suicidal

One mother's story of how London charity Maytree helped her son with his depression
A roller-coaster tale from the 'voice of a generation'

Not That Kind of Girl:

A roller-coaster tale from 'voice of a generation' Lena Dunham
London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice. In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence

London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with Malcolm McLaren

Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

Designer 'felt pressured' into going out with Sex Pistols manager
Jourdan Dunn: Model mother

Model mother

Jordan Dunn became one of the best-paid models in the world
Apple still coolest brand – despite U2 PR disaster

Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits