Transport Warning as Paralympics Clash with Start of New School Term

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Transport Warning as Paralympics Clash with Start of New School Term


Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

TRANSPORT chiefs insist London faces a "huge challenge" from the Paralympics despite the dire congestion feared during the Olympics failing to materialise.

They said that because the Paralympics coincide with the end of the school holidays there was likely to be extra pressure on the Tube and roads.

Transport for London commissioner Peter Hendy said today: "With the new school year beginning in the second week and larger groups expected to travel together on the public transport network, we expect these Games to hold some new and unique challenges."

In addition there will be Premier League football matches in the capital, BBC Proms in the Park and the Thames Festival during the period of the Games, which run from next Wednesday, August 29, to September 9. All 2.5 million tickets for the Games are expected to sell out.

East London, particularly around the Olympic Park in Stratford, the Excel centre and Greenwich Park will be hit with the greatest demand as this is where many of the competitions will be staged.

Up to 215,000 spectators are expected to visit the Olympic Park on most days during the Paralympics.

Mr Hendy added: "We're confident that transport will cope well during the Paralympic Games, as it did during the Olympics, provided businesses and Londoners continue to plan and change the way or time that they travel, using the tools and information available at getaheadofthegames.com" Commuters have been warned they could face heavy congestion with the arrival of the Paralympic Games torch relay in London and the opening ceremony at the Olympic Park.

Further traffic is expected when schools return on September 3 until the final day of the Games, which will include the closing ceremony at the Olympic Park and marathon events across central London.

Team GB's Olympians and Paralympians will be honoured with a parade on September 10, beginning at Mansion House in the City of London and finishing in central London. …

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