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Hosting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was a great honour for the city of London, but it also presented a huge challenge for its transport systems and those running them. With the foundation of the Olympic Delivery Authority, London created a non-departmental public body which was responsible for coordinating, planning and delivering transport infrastructure and services to support the 2012 Games. However, successful delivery of transport for the Games required all transport stakeholders to work together to achieve, what many people thought, was impossible. In the early planning stages, the ODA recognised the importance of truly understanding the scale and nature of the transport challenge that London faced, so it set about developing a series of demand forecasts that all parties could use to develop their plans in a consistent manner. It then worked with LOCOG, government, local authorities, transport agencies and operators to develop the transport strategy to meet those transport challenges. This strategy was presented in what became known as the “Olympic Transport Plan”.This presentation describes how the different transport organisations worked together to plan the required transport for all the different client groups from athletes and team officials to the 12 million ticket holders who watched the festival of sport across 33 different competition venues. In particular, the presentation describes the transport planning analysis and modelling that was undertaken to support the overall planning for the 2012 Games. Moreover, it focuses on the lessons learned during this project and how they can be applied to future projects.
Allan Gooch spent nine years working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the bid stage, right through planning and then operations at Games time. As Head of Transport Planning for the Olympic Delivery Authority, he was responsible for a wide transportation scope. He rejoined transport consultancy Steer Davies Gleave after the London 2012‘ Games as Director of Sports & Major Events.