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Public Transport During London Games Need Not Be A Nightmare

Sydney, Australia - 17 July, 2012 - Garrett Emmerson, senior officer at the department of Highways and Transport, says traffic congestion in London will only get worse as the Olympic Games loom closer. He advises all visitors and locals to seriously reconsider driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues. World travel author, Victoria Ugarte believes that while London roads and public transport will experience extreme levels of congestion, there are ways on how to make travel in London less stressful.

Record numbers from all over the world have poured into London Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, this week. As athletes, coaches, officials, and members of the media touch down in London in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, the airport will handle some 236,955 passengers, breaking the previous daily record of 233,562 set in July 2011. As some 1,000 volunteers, dressed in bright pink attire, enthusiastically greet arrivals, hundreds of immigration agents are hard at work, ensuring that the lines at customs flow smoothly. With an increased police and sniffer dog presence, London Heathrow appears to be coping well with its first influx of Olympic passengers. 

However, traveling on public transport will be a different story during the 2012 Olympics. Victoria Ugarte, author of A Foodie & Fashionista’s Guide To London, says: “London is a thriving metropolis that boasts the largest urban area in the European Union. To service the needs of the local population, and indeed the thousands of travelers that descend upon its shores every year, it has developed over the years a very extensive and efficient public and private transport network. However, there will be an extra four million visitors descending upon London all throughout the period of the 2012 Games. That’s an extra 50% on top of its 7.5 million strong population. Traveling on public transport in London during the Games will be far from a pleasant experience.”

“The best thing that anyone can do at this busy time is to be smart and get creative in finding ways to go against the flow of bodies.”, Victoria advises. “Work out when the peak times are in London’s public transport system and avoid them. Go sightseeing or enjoy a drink and dinner after hours instead of fighting the crowds in the Tube between 5 and 7 pm.”, she says.

Here are more handy hints for avoiding London public transport stress:
  • Don’t even think of driving. You’ll spend hours sitting in traffic as congested London roads turn into virtual car parks.
  • Walk to your destination instead of catching the Tube if the distances are not great. London is a city made for walking, and you get to enjoy fresh air and the sights while you’re at it. Maps that feature easy walking distances between destinations are now being handed out at mainline stations. 
  • Log on to the ‘Get Ahead of the Games’ site (GAOTG) before planning your journey. This will help you work out the locations that will be exceptionally busy at certain times, so that you can avoid these ‘hotspots’.
  • Take advantage of the best London transport apps around to help you navigate London. ‘Tube Map Pro’ is the best Tube app for an overview of the entire transport network and your best option for getting from one point to the other. ‘London Bus Checker’ by FatAttitude lets you see what bus you need to catch in real time, and will even alert you when your stop is approaching after you’ve gotten on. ‘Citymapper - London Transport’ will show you a list of all your transport options, including cost and how long your journey will take, after you enter the start and end location of your journey.
Victoria warns that the lack of a strategy and forward planning on how to negotiate London’s public transport system during the Games can only lead to frustration, stress, and a poor perception of an otherwise exciting city.

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About The Author: Victoria Ugarte, the Intrepid Traveler, is becoming known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of travel and culturally correct behavior. Based in Sydney, Australia, Victoria has authored several books with Amazon, including Culture Savvy For Women and A Foodie & Fashionista’s Guide To London. She regularly publishes travel articles for Her Magazine (NZ) and Pink (NZ). You can find Victoria, wherever she is in the world, by going to

About A Foodie & Fashionista’s Guide To London: Specifically written for travelers who want to know where the locals hang out instead of being caught in the tourist traps, A Foodie & Fashionista’s Guide To London will show you all the ‘happening’ places in London, borough by borough. Written in a relaxed and irreverent manner, you’ll get the low down on London’s climate and what to pack, getting around on public transport, and the best places in London to eat, stay and play. Available on Amazon.

Victoria Ugarte
Mob. +61411502421