Transport for London Announces Guidelines for Festive Days

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for transport system in Greater London, is offering free New Year’s Eve travel to party goers, in a second year of collaboration with alcohol manufacturing company, Diageo.

The agency has issued its online annual Festive Travel Guide for London residents and visitors travelling within the city during the Christmas holiday period, offering detailed information on Tube, buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), Tramlink, London Overground, Emirates Air Line, Riverboat services, Barclays Cycle Hire and the Congestion Charge.

The agency has also announced complimentary travel between 23:45hrs on December 31, 2012, and 04:30hrs on January 1, 2012 on the Tube, buses, trams, DLR, and trains for the convenience of the festive revellers.

Peter Hendy, the Transport Commissioner, CBE, said, ‘Our plans are that the transport networks will operate throughout the festive season with the exception of Christmas Day when all our services will be closed.

The network will operate reduced services when appropriate and we will also take the opportunity of this quieter time to carry out engineering works as part of the continuing Tube upgrade programme.

I urge everyone to plan their journeys in advance by visiting the festive travel website and looking out for posters across our network.

I am pleased that we are able to continue providing free travel for travellers on New Year’s Eve through sponsorship with Diageo. For those wishing to brave the crowds to come into central London to celebrate, public transport is the only way to get around London on New Year’s Eve.’

TfL has been offering complimentary travel on New Year’s Eve since 2001. The agency, in 2011, entered into a three year agreement with Diageo, according to which Diageo will be sponsoring complimentary travel on New Year’s Eve, as part of its responsible drinking programme.

Transport for London Partners with VisitBritain over Oyster Card

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for transport in Greater London, is partnering VisitBritain, the official tourism website for Great Britain.

The agency is partnering with VisitBritain to promote and distribute the Visitor Oyster card, a smartcard that allows travellers to use public transport without tickets. VisitBritain will be a single point of contact for all distribution channels and for sale of the smartcard outside London.

This would imply that visitors to the city can directly access trains, buses, and the underground in London using a single smartcard. This is expected to reduce long queues at boarding points of public transport in the UK.

Julie Dixon, the head of marketing services at TfL, said, ‘Since its introduction, Oyster has offered our customers a cheaper, faster and more efficient way of paying for travel across London’s transport network.

With VisitBritain’s world-wide contacts they will be able to promote the Oyster card to the millions of people visiting the capital each year, helping visitors to enjoy everything London has to offer.’

Oyster card is the least expensive way to use public transport in London. Apart from buses, trains, trams and the Tube, the card may also be used to travel on the Emirates Air Line, a new cable car system in UK providing views of the Thames from above.

Jaco Coetzee, the head of retail at VisitBritain, said, ‘By joining with us in this partnership, TfL will be able to use our extensive overseas network and retail operation to reach millions of international travellers who come to the UK each year.

Oyster cards are the must have pass for travelling on London’s vast transport network, something that some of the London 2012 superstars found when they took to riding the Tube, buses and trains to soak up the Games atmosphere and get away from the Olympic Park. All of London’s wonderful attractions are within easy reach of anyone exploring the city that has an Oyster card in their pocket.’

Transport for London Expects Public Transport Network to be Busier for London 2012 Paralympic Games

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for the transport system in Greater London, UK, is warning of traffic congestion on roads around London, with schools close to the Olympic park, where the 2012 Paralympic Games are currently being held, reopening after the summer holiday break.

As most local schools will be returning during this week to commence the autumn term, mornings and afternoons will become peak traffic periods on the routes to the Olympic Park. The agency is asking passengers using the DLR, Jubilee, Central lines and Javelin services to plan their routes well ahead to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

Commuters are also being asked to avoid driving in and around the Paralympic Route Network and the Games venues.

The transport commissioner of London, Peter Hendy CBE, said, ‘With an increasing number of schools starting the new term, the majority of venues in use at the Olympic Park, and sporting action taking place at several other venues in the east of the city, we’re asking Londoners to take the same sensible steps as during the Olympics – avoiding the busiest times and places, and avoiding driving around venues and the PRN.

Londoners and commuters deserve a gold medal for the way they have adapted their travel throughout both Games so far.

Tomorrow will be another fantastic day for the Paralympics and for London- everything you need to plan your journey and enjoy the numerous events and attractions London has to offer can be found at’

Travel Advice for Olympic Torch Relay and Initial Days of Olympic Games

Transport for London (TfL), a UK-based government agency responsible for the transport system in Greater London, UK, has announced a travel advisory for residents of London during the Olympic torch Relay and the initial days of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commencing from July 27, 2012.

The agency has warned the city’s residents against complacency, and has advised them to plan their journeys in and around the city carefully, using tools provided by the agency, in order of avoid the most congested areas and travel hotspots.

The agency has asked residents and business travellers to use the travel planning tools that it has provided at its website, for a hassle free journey.

Although the Games opening ceremony is not until July 27, the city has already welcomed the first contingent of athletes, officials and world media for the event, with arrivals yesterday. The agency expects international visitors to add more vehicles to the London traffic during next few days, and this is expected to grow until the event ends on August 12, 2012. The maximum traffic congestion is expected around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Games venues.

The Olympic Torch Relay will also be starting its London phase on July 21, 2012, and it is expected to draw large crowds to cheer the flame along its route. The agency has released animated maps for every day of the Torch Relay in London, providing information on the effect that the event is having on the city’s road and public transport network.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said, ‘The Opening Ceremony is just around the corner, the Olympic flame will soon pass through every London borough, and we are poised and ready to welcome the world to our great city. So as the excitement builds, and visitors pour in, it is vital that every one of us takes the time to plan our Games-time journeys in advance, and avoid busy hotspots, by visiting’


Transport for London Provides Updates on Social Media for 2012 London Games

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.