Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Huge Transport Project to Bring Olympics to Capital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Huge Transport Project to Bring Olympics to Capital

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Byline: DICK MURRAY

A MASSIVELY improved transport system for London, with enhanced Tube and mainline services, today forms the key part of the capital's Olympic bid.

Everything is geared to make it easier to reach the vast Olympic Park at Stratford, with a journey from King's Cross taking only six and a half minutes. Every day 500,000 people will visit the Games.

The bidding team for London says more than [pounds sterling]17billion is being spent on upgrading transport links before 2012. It says this will allow about 320,000 people an hour to go in and out of Stratford.

It says that cross-London travel will be quicker than ever, predicting journey times from the stadium to Horse Guards Parade of only 24 minutes, with Lord's being 29 minutes away. It also claims that athletes and spectators travelling between Stratford and Wimbledon will reach their destination in 45 minutes.

There will be faster and more frequent services with 10 trains an hour between King's Cross and Stratford.

Trains designated for the Channel Tunnel high-speed rail link will whisk visitors from central London to the Games at 100mph. A spokesman for the Strategic Rail Authority said: "We are going ahead with the new trains."

Stratford will be only two hours away from northern Europe as a result of the Chunnel link. From 2007 it is planned the trains will be used for domestic services between Ashford and St Pancras and will be the fastest ever commuter trains in Britain.

More than [pounds sterling]250 million is being spent upgrading the Jubilee line. A new signalling system, to be completed by 2009, will mean trains run 20 per cent faster and nearly twice as frequently as they do now.

Jubilee line spokesman George Richardson said the new signalling would mean a "significantly more reliable service". The Northern line will undergo a similar [pounds sterling]250million refurbishment and the Central line is to benefit from a [pounds sterling]900million improvement package. Improvements planned for the Docklands Light Railway include: . [pounds sterling]18million development of the DLR at Stratford to be opened in 2006. …

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