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 which, will prepare, and keep under review, an Olympic Transport Plan.

The witnesses will be as follows:

Wednesday 19 October 2005

at 2.45 pm London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Greenwich, Newham, Hackney, Dorset Borough Council, and the Thames Gateway London Partnership

at 3.30 pm Network Rail, London & Continental Railways Ltd., and the Association of Train Operating Companies Ltd. (ATOC)

at 4.15 pm Disability Rights Commission, Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee and the London Transport Users Committee

Wednesday 26 October 2005

at 10.15 am   Mr Jim Sloman, Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Olympics (by video-link)

at 10.45 am   Transport for London and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG)

Wednesday 9 November 2005

at 2.45 pm   Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Ms Karen Buck MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport

The evidence sessions will take place in public, unless otherwise decided by the Committee. Because the meetings may be moved from the Palace of Westminster to Portcullis House, those wishing to attend the meetings should check the venue by contacting the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 on the day before the hearings.

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Press Notice   07/2005-06   11 October 2005

Dr John Patterson, Clerk of the Committee