A small army of engineers and emergency construction staff will be on hand throughout the Olympic Games to ease the strain on the capital’s transport networks, CN has learned.
The Olympic Delivery Authority will field a peak workforce of 600, from various contractors, to handle operations and maintenance for the Olympic Park venues and infrastructure and almost 3,000 apartments at the Village. CLM is managing the Park teams, while Lend Lease is taking the lead on the Village.
Network Rail, meanwhile, will deploy 125 response teams on key routes to Games venues, as well as specialist vehicles including three helicopters. Transport for London has boosted its cadre of Emergency Response Unit specialist engineers to 130, and will operate a fleet of 12 fire-engine style response vehicles.
And culture minister Jeremy Hunt today announced that 350 digital screens in stations would advise users of real-time crowd flows, helping to ease congestion.
TfL commissioner Peter Hendy today warned that “things will go wrong with the public transport network during the Olympics”, but insisted the capital was prepared and would deliver people and athletes in good time.
An ODA spokesman said: “The services provided to LOCOG include planned and preventative maintenance, and rapid response to any issues that may arise in all buildings. We will also be responsible for asset management and maintenance of all roads, security plazas, transport malls, bridges, retaining structures, waterways and soft landscape areas and external lighting.”
Kate Snowden, Network Rail’s head of media campaigns, told CN “an intensive maintenance regime has prepared our railway for the extra services that will run during Games time. But we know that our success will be judged by how quickly we respond if there are problems”.
“Our planning is extensive and reflects how seriously we’re taking this challenge. That’s why during Games time we will operate special rapid response maintenance units.”
TfL director Jon Lamonte described the force as “London’s unknown emergency service – responding to incidents day and night across the capital”.
“These new arrangements will enable us to carry out our work more quickly and more effectively, which will in turn benefit the millions of passengers who use the network each day”.