DPD's dedicated Olympics Project Team was formed last year to ensure that we are ready to respond to the challenges created by this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games. Those preparations are now well underway and we are in a position to share a detailed action plan with our customers.
It is clear from our close liaison with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) and Transport for London (TfL) that we are likely to experience severe congestion in a number of areas in and around London from mid July to mid September, although we expect there will also be disruption outside those dates due to the Torch Relay, testing of the Olympic transport infrastructure and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
There are many statistics associated with both events that help explain the scale of the congestion:
- 24 Olympic venues across London
- 800,000 spectators on peak day
- 10,500 athletes
- 9,000,000 tickets sold
- 21,000 press people in attendance
- 3,000,000 additional transport trips on the busiest day