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Monday, July 30, 2012
Huge surge in travellers expected for Games
Commuters were flooding into mainline London stations from Kent earlier than normal this morning in a bid to beat the predicted enormous crowds on the rail network.
Southeastern say today (Monday) could be one of the worse of the entire Games. It will be the first working day since the Olympics got under way, and in addition to the thousands heading to the Olympic Park in Stratford, there will be 50,000 people heading to the equestrian centre in Greenwich.
Queuing systems will be in place at the busiest stations, while access to London Bridge for platforms one to six - heading into Kent - will be closed during the busy 6pm to 10pm rush hour period to allow exit only and ease congestion.
Commuters are urged, instead, to pick up services back into Kent from the likes of Charing Cross, Cannon Street and Waterloo East.
A Southeastern spokesman said: “London Bridge station will be extremely busy throughout the entire Games period. Today, 50,000 spectators at Greenwich Park will combine with our regular passengers travelling to and from London for work.
“Because of this, London Bridge will be exit-only in the evening between the hours of 6pm and 10pm. Passengers travelling home from London in the evening will not be able to enter the station during these hours; they should board services from stations such as Charing Cross, Canon Street, Victoria or Blackfriars.”
Southeastern is also reminding passengers that only compact folded bicycles can be carried on its services during the Olympic and Paralympic Games period.
The spokesman added: “Southeastern is serving more Olympic venues than any other national overground train company. Throughout the Games we’re carrying an extra 110,000 people - up to 25 percent more people - every single day on average, so we’ve had to prioritise people over bikes.”
For those needing to plan journeys in and around London during the Games, they are urged to use the website - www.getaheadofthegames.com.
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