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The Final ‘hotspot’ data for Olympics and Paralympics released.


Following the release of the initial wave of information about hotspots on the roads and the transport network last November, TfL has published the full and final information on where and when the public transport network will be most affected during this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. This builds on and develops the information we have already published about key interchanges in London and may indicate where there is additional demand for taxi and PHV services.

The key points are summarised below:

  • With an additional three million journeys expected on the busiest days of the Games, at certain times and in certain places transport networks will be much busier than usual this summer;
  • London 2012, TfL, Network Rail, the train operating companies (TOCs) and the Association of Train Operating companies (ATOC) have today published the full and final information on where and when the public transport network will be most affected during this summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games;
  • For the first time, ‘hotspot’ information has been made available for i) National Rail stations and ii) the Paralympic Games period;
  • In addition, detailed station descriptions have been produced for all the previously announced ‘hotspot’ and key stations (nearly 53 additional Tube and DLR and five more London Overground stations in all), showing the impact at day-by-day, half-hour intervals.

As the Capital prepares for its transformation into a giant Games-time sporting and cultural venue this summer, we are asking Londoners to start planning their alternative travel options at

The impact of the Games on the public transport network will be tackled by a reduction in those planning to travel, through working at alternative locations, including home, staggering working hours, working longer but fewer days, taking annual leave or swapping to alternative forms of transport – including walking and cycling.

For those who still need to travel at peak times, TfL, TOCS, Network Rail and ATOC have now provided the complete and final picture on which stations will be affected, and advice on alternative travel options, available at

General impacts

Tube and DLR

· While around two thirds of Tube and DLR stations will be unaffected, the spread of ‘hotspot’ stations across the public transport network means that the DLR, Central and Jubilee lines will be exceptionally busy at certain times throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games;

· The Paralympic hotspot stations are much more geographically concentrated in central and east London;

· Fewer stations are expected to be ‘Exceptionally Busy’ during the Paralympics than during the Olympics;

· The second week of the Paralympics is expected to be more impacted than the first week.

National Rail during the Games

· Waterloo, London Bridge, Charlton, Greenwich, Blackheath and Stratford are all expected to be ‘Exceptionally Busy’;

· All Paralympic hotspots stations on the National Rail network are also hotspot stations during the Olympics.

Examples of station and Tube ‘hotspots’ include:

· Bank Tube and DLR station – will be exceptionally busy between 08.00-10.00 and 16.00-22.00 on weekdays throughout the Olympic Games, and 08.00-11.00 and 14.30-20.00 on weekdays throughout the Paralympic Games due to spectators using the Central line to travel to and from events at the Olympic Park, the DLR to travel to and from events at Greenwich Park and ExCeL and because they will be interchanging there.

· Earl’s Court Tube station – will be exceptionally busy throughout the Olympic Games due to the Olympic Volleyball events being held at Earls Court. The station will be particularly busy during the changeover periods between the three daily events that will take place, and will be busiest from midday, and in the early evening and late evening from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August.

· London Bridge station – will be exceptionally busy between 07.00-09.30 and 16.00-21.30 throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games – including at weekends. Spectators travelling to and from venues in the Olympic Park, ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park and the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich will pass through or change trains here and the Jubilee line at London Bridge will be particularly busy.

· London Waterloo National Rail station – will be exceptionally busy throughout the Games as it is a key interchange station for spectators, particularly those travelling to Eton Dorney for rowing, the cycling time trial event at Hampton Court, the sailing at Weymouth, the tennis at Wimbledon or those arriving for events in central London – including beach volleyball, the triathlon and the cycle road races. The station will particularly busy between 07.30-10.00 on weekday mornings throughout the Olympics and Paralympic Games.

· Mile End Tube station – will be busier than usual throughout the Games as busy Central and District line trains will pass through the station and because of the Olympic Games Live Site in Victoria Park. It will be particularly busy between 07.30-09.30 as spectators head to the events in the Olympic Park and between 22.30-01.00 during the Olympic Games as people leave the Olympic Park and the nearby Live Site.

To read the full article please visit

For full details on hotspot station impacts and alternative travel options in this area and across London, and for information on temporary road changes and advice on planning for deliveries, please visit

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