Transport Performance Monitoring and Analysis During the London 2012 Olympic Games
J Hawthorne, I Siviter, Sinclair Knight Merz; B Dosunmu, Olympic Delivery Authority; L Sager-Weinstein, Transport for London; M Chatterton, Olympic Delivery Authority, UK
How effective was transport planning and forecasting for the London 2012 Olympic Games? This paper describes the development and implementation of the Games time performance monitoring and analysis function, and considers the lessons learned.
London 2012 was planned as a "public transport" Olympic Games. Detailed forecasting and extensive pre-planning was undertaken to prepare for the addition of Games family and spectator movements to London's transport network, to ensure that the Games was successful and that the impact on other business and leisure activity in London was understood and effectively managed.
In order to create capacity for Games related movements, particularly during peak periods, a travel demand management programme was planned and implemented, with the aim of reducing, retiming and redistributing background demand both on the public transport and road networks.
During the preparation for the Games, all the parties concerned were keen to understand whether the forecasts were accurate and whether the plans would work in practice. The Olympic Delivery Authority worked closely with Transport for London and other transport stakeholders to develop appropriate monitoring systems and capability to react to emerging situations.
During the Games, regular reporting and analysis was provided to complement the real-time monitoring role of the Olympic Transport Coordination Centre.
This paper describes the development and implementation of the transport monitoring and analysis functions that were in place during Games time. Starting with initial plans for daily reporting of key transport performance metrics to audiences including the UK Government and the media, a full scale analytic function was developed with the capability to provide revised forecasts, targeted inputs to travel demand management and options for service adaptation, based on emerging trends from previous days? performance and demand.
The presentation in October will provide an opportunity to look back at how the plans worked in practice. It will include example of the daily reporting and analysis delivered during the Games, together with lessons learned from the development, testing and operation of the monitoring and analysis function.
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