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Londoners warned of travel pressure as Olympic Stadium opens for athletics

Written on:August 3, 2023
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More than 200,000 spectators and accredited workers are expected to travel to Stratford on Friday (Image courtesy: Padmayogini)

Transport for London (TFL) has warned passengers that Friday will be the busiest day of the Games period as weekday travel to work will coincide with the opening of the athletics at Stratford, urging anyone who is not coming to Games site to avoid the area.

More than 200,000 spectators and accredited workers are expected to travel to Stratford, as the Olympic Stadium opens for athletics events, informed the London transport authorities.

Events will be taking place at the Olympic Park, ExCeL, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park, Royal Artillery Barracks, Horse Guards Parade, Earl’s Court, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Wimbledon and Wembley Arena.

“This Friday and Saturday will be the busiest days of the Games so far, as the Olympic Stadium opens its doors and sporting events continue to take place across the capital,” said Peter Hendy, the transport commissioner.

TFL warned that the Docklands Light Railway, Jubilee and Central lines will be busier than usual during rush hour, adding that driving in central London should be avoided.

Transport for London’s key travel advice for today (Friday) includes:

  • Non-Games passengers should try and avoid the busiest times and places
  • Spectators for the athletics should travel to West Ham, the next station to Stratford on the Jubilee line, to avoid the crowds
  • Westfield Stratford City will be closed for all, except accredited workers, people with, or collecting, Games tickets or those using hospitality venues between 10.30am and 5pm
  • Check the electronic roadside message signs, as Games Lanes are operating flexibly
  • Check live travel updates on, and also

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