Transport Committee Press Notice


Going for Gold: Delivering Excellent Transport  for  London's 2012 Olympic Games

On 6 July 2005 the International Olympic Committee announced that it had selected London to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

A great deal of work will be required to ensure that the transport system in place in London by 2012 is able to cope with the enormous challenge of transporting visitors, competitors and officials to the London Games safely, efficiently and effectively, while maintaining services to the capital's population.  The provision of this system will be very costly, and could have major consequences for the provision of transport capacity in the medium term. The Transport Committee has accordingly decided to inquire into the current state of plans to provide appropriate transport for 2012.

The London Olympics Bill, introduced in the House of Commons on 14 July 2005, provides for the establishment of the Olympic Delivery Authority. The Olympic Delivery Authority will prepare, and keep under review, an Olympic Transport Plan.

In particular, the Transport Committee wishes to examine:

• What level of funding will need to be directed at transport improvements? Will the Government's Spending Agreement with the Mayor provide adequate funding? What role will the private sector play in delivering this infrastructure? Will funding be diverted from other transport projects?

• How will the transport projects needed for the Games fit into an integrated and long term transport plan for London? Will the transport legacy be appropriate to the needs of east London in the next two to three decades?

• What effect will the Games have on security, congestion, overcrowding, air quality and emissions in London? What impact will there be on transport in the interim?

• What lessons for transport can be learned from the experiences of other Olympic cities?

• What might be in the Olympic Transport Plan?

• Will the Olympic Delivery Authority have the necessary powers, funding and expertise to plan and deliver the transport infrastructure and services required?

Interested parties are invited to submit written memoranda to the Committee before Monday 12 September 2005. If you wish to request that your memorandum be treated in confidence, please contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length.

Please submit a single hard copy of your memorandum by post to the above address, and an electronic version preferably by e-mail to or alternatively on a disk with the hard copy.  If you are unable to submit an electronic version of your memorandum, please take particular care to ensure that your submission is legible. All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee does not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice  02/2005-06   21 July 2005

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee