For any fans hoping to catch the action at the 2012 Olympics in London take this advice to heart: don’t bring your cars. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is hoping for a “public transport games,” and is really putting its heft behind it. They’re not going to be allowing cars near the Olympic zones.
ODA director Hugh Sumner told the newspaper: "We have a very aggressive programme to make it the greenest games in modern times.While Londoners and its guests may want to take their cars to the games, the ODA is making things so easy it would be dumb to do so even if they could. All Olympic event holders will be given a free travel card to use, and they’ll also receive free, personalized travel plans via their mobile phones showing the quickest route to their venue. Travelers will also benefit from a flat-rate fare to London from anywhere across the country. Worried about backlog at the Olympic station? They’ve thought of that too. The Stratford stop will be served by a train each 15 seconds during the course of the games.
"We want to leave both a hard legacy in terms of infrastructure and a living legacy in the way people think about transport and how they travel to sports and cultural events. We will make it very plain to people that there isn't going to be parking."
Congestion is a given anytime you’re expecting an event bringing 500,000 spectators per day. But all indications look like the ODA is well on its way to checking that potential problem off the list.