By David Stewart White
Despite predictions of gridlock, London’s public transportation seems to be handling the Olympic rush during the first several days of the Games.
Traffic was moving well enough on Monday that London authorities reopened several dedicated “Games lanes” to regular traffic. The lanes had been reserved for use by Olympic officials, athletes and other VIPs to and from Olympic venues. The Games lanes had been the subject of protests after London cabbies were told they could not drive in the dedicated lanes.
Transport for London, operator of the city’s subway and bus network, reported good service on all but one Underground line Monday evening. A special Get Ahead of the Games website issued its daily bulletin for Tuesday alerting commuters and Olympic attendees to the day’s potential trouble spots. These included:
- Crowding on the Dockland’s Light Railway, and the Central, Jubilee and Piccadilly lines of the Underground (subway).
- Peak use of the transportation network predicted from 7:30-10:00 a.m. and 4-8 p.m., with continued high use from 9 p.m. until midnight.
- High use of the Underground’s Jubilee and Metropolitan lines 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. between central London and Wembley stadium.
- Crowding expected at Baker Street, King’s Cross and Green Park stations in the evening as spectators head to Wembley.
- Embankment Underground station expected to be very busy throughout the day with spectators going to beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade.
- Crowding expected on the Piccadilly and District Underground lines as spectators head to and from Earls Court and Wimbledon.
- The London Bridge National Rail Station will be busy during morning and evening peak travel times.