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  • London 2012

  • Olympic rings at St Pancras International station

    Network Rail and our transport partners have been rigorously preparing for the massive challenge the Olympic and Paralympic Games present.

    We're working hard to keep London and the UK moving during the Games and leave a transport legacy.

    We have a seven point plan to meet the Games challenge. The infrastructure and maintenance work is complete, robust contingency plans are in place, and our people are ready.

    Download Our plans for London 2012, which outlines our plans for the Games.

  • Our seven point plan for London 2012

    Building infrastructure

    Building infrastructure to support the Games

    We've upgraded the North London Line on the London Overground network to allow longer, bigger capacity trains to run more frequently into Stratford.

    Stratford Regional station has been transformed into an essential gateway to the Olympic Park.

    We added a freight train “parking space” at the Olympic Park to keep tracks clear for passenger trains.

    The new King's Cross concourse has three times the space and improved facilities.

    All work was completed in advance so we could focus on testing the infrastructure ahead of the Games.


    Working in partnership to coordinate the transport network

    We’ve joined forces with transport partners to create an integrated Transport Coordination Centre (TCC).

    The TCC will work around the clock to coordinate public transport to help people get where they need to go during the Games.

    Partners in the TCC include Transport for London (TfL), Highways Agency, British Transport Police, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), Olympic Delivery Authority, Greater London Authority and the Department for Transport.

    The better practices learnt from transport operators working together will be one of many legacies of the Games.

    Engineering work

    Keeping key routes clear of engineering works

    We're suspending all major engineering works on key Games routes from the end of June to early September.

    To achieve this over 120,000 hours of engineering works have been carried out to improve the reliability on those routes, much of it at night to minimise impact on passengers.


    Making it easier to get through stations

    Even with the best planning we expect queues at stations, particularly at London Bridge, but we’ve got plans to make things as easy as possible:

    • Using data on spectator journeys, we produced hotspot maps for our 11 London stations to feed into TfL's Get Ahead of the Games travel planning site
    • Live travel information screens will be installed in stations
    • We’ve created more space at King’s Cross and Waterloo stations
    • Magenta “London 2012” signage will guide passengers to venues
    • 600 Network Rail Travel Champions will be in stations to provide travel advice


    Making transport more accessible

    We’ve been undertaking work across the network to provide more step-free access and improve links between rail services and London Underground.

    We’re making it easier for people with impaired mobility, including older people and those travelling with children or luggage. The aim is to provide inclusive rail services unlocking public transport for more passengers.


    Providing the right information at the right time

    Businesses and commuters have been encouraged to plan ahead by TfL's Get Ahead of the Games campaign, which gives details about road and public transport hotspots.

    The TCC will be operating 24/7 during the games.

    Legions of volunteers on the ground will be providing the latest travel advice.


    Preparing our rapid response units

    We have to be realistic: There will be problems with signalling equipment or overhead lines; cable theft or a simple blown fuse might affect services. These are challenges that the rail industry faces but we have robust plans in place:

    • Rapid response maintenance units will be based at strategic locations
    • Our road vehicles have permission to use the Olympic Route Network to get engineers on the scene as quickly as possible
    • Three helicopters will be in operation covering patrols of the network

  • See what else will be ready by summer 2012


  • London Blackfriars: image of Blackfriars bridge crossing the Thames

    London Blackfriars

    We're building the first station to span the Thames,delivering for passengers a better interchange between Thameslink rail and London Underground services plus direct access to more trains and destinations.

    Find out more about Blackfriars
    King's Cross: ariel CGI depiction of new station

    King's Cross

    We've built a state-of-the-art concourse in time for London 2012, with 40 retail units and improved facilities for passengers. The rest of the Grade 1 listed structure will be restored to its former glory by the end of 2013.

    Find out more about King's Cross
  • The new Farringdon station

    The new Farringdon station

    We're building a new, easily accessible, transport hub at Farringdon. By 2012 passengers will benefit from more and longer trains with more space, and a new integrated ticket hall. When Crossrail and Thameslink are complete Farringdon will be one of London's best connected stations.

    Find out more about the new Farringdon station
    Access for All

    Access for All

    Access for All's programme of accessibility improvements is being delivered without interrupting passenger journeys. Our 10-year programme brings step-free access from the entrance to platforms to stations nationally, as well as new lifts, footbridges, handrails and tactile platform paving.

    Find out more about Access for All
  • Paddington: CGI of Paddington station platform with light seeping through the roof


    We've restored the Edwardian roof, letting light flood back in to the station. A new Hammersmith & City London Underground station is on its way and the new Crossrail station will bring a host of benefits.

    Find out more about Paddington
    Improving the North London line: maintenance work on the North London line

    Improving the North London

    We've improved an essential part of the capital's transport network, giving passengers a more reliable railway with longer trains and more frequent services.

    Find out more about the North London Line
  • Plan your London 2012 travel with the official journey planner