Olympics strategy puts cars off limits

Spectators at the London Olympics in 2012 will be forced to use public transport, walk or cycle, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said this week.

Unveiling The Olympic Transport Plan, the authority said the no-car policy is at the heart of its strategy. It envisages that around 80 per cent of the 800,000 daily visitors to the venues will travel by rail, including the Underground and Docklands Light Railway.

Eight per cent will travel by coach while four per cent will use other means such as walking and cycling. Ten per cent of people will use buses provided from park-and-ride sites on the M25 and M11.

But Green Party London Assembly member Jenny Jones called for these plans to be scrapped. "It is great that Olympic planners are working towards a public transport games. But it must be transport from door to stadium, not only for the last few miles," she insisted. Savings made by abandoning car parks could be diverted into improving pedestrian routes, she added.

Around £8 million of the games' £794 million transport budget will be spent on walking and cycling. An ODA spokesman explained that it is looking into the best locations for the park-and-ride facilities.

But assembly Conservative transport spokesman Roger Evans called for a realistic plan. "London will have the eyes of the world on it. We must get it right," he said.

The Olympic Transport Plan is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.

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