Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency that is responsible for the transport system in Greater London, UK, has announced that visitors to London will now be able to access live travel information for the city from social media feeds.
With around 125,000 people currently following the agency’s Twitter feeds for transportation information and advice, it will be updating its feeds regularly at its three Twitter handles, @TfLTrafficNews, @TfLTravelAlerts and @GAOTG.
The social media feeds will be providing the latest information and updates on various transportation and road services affecting around 150,000 travellers that are expected to descend on the city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commencing later this month.
The agency managing director of marketing and communications, Vernon Everitt, said, ‘London continues its transformation into a massive sporting and cultural venue.
With a million more people here during the Games and a range of different events happening every day, our public transport network and roads will be exceptionally busy.
Our social media tools like Twitter are an increasingly important way of offering people advice and support to help them avoid the travel hotspots.
We’re hoping that the many thousands of people who already follow our service updates on Twitter will make some of our Twitter channels their ‘Follow Friday’ recommendations today and use #GAOTG to join the conversation.’
The agency is offering various tools, including free email alerts to help visitors plan their journeys to the 2012 Games venues; a Temporary Road Changes planning tool for last minute changes; and a Spectator Journey Planner for ticket holders to Games venues.