ODA Industry Briefing
The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will be holding the first industry briefing for bus and coach operators on Wednesday 10 June to whet the industry’s appetite for the high numbers of buses and coaches that will be required to fulfil London 2012’s aspiration of all spectators getting to events by public transport, walking or cycling.
The industry briefing is an important precursor to the publication of the Invitation to Tender and will set out in detail the range of services required and how operators can be involved.
The ODA will need a significant number of buses and coaches to transport spectators, both directly and through park and ride schemes, venue shuttle services and direct coach Services.
There will be two transport malls at the Olympic Park, one at the north and one at the south, and both will be used as coach drop-off and pick-up points for spectators. From the transport malls, spectators will be able to walk into the Olympic Park for events. LOCOG will be making procurements for buses and coaches for athletes and officials, which will run on the Olympic Route Network, later on in the year.
ODA Transport Director Hugh Sumner said: "The ODA need a significant number of buses and coaches that will be used to transport thousands of spectators to events all over the country, including the Olympic Park in Stratford and we are hoping for a bumper turn out from the industry.
"Buses and coaches have a very important role to play in transporting spectators in an environmentally friendly and cost-effective way. They form a very significant part of our public transport strategy and we hope that the Industry will rise to the challenge."
Simon Posner, Chief Executive Office, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK said: "We are delighted that ODA will be sharing the opportunities that London 2012 will bring to the bus and coach industry for spectator transport.
"It will represent the culmination of close working between CPT and the ODA over the last couple of years and we fully support the significant contribution coaches and buses will be making to the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Notes to Editors
The ODA Bus and Coach Industry Briefing will take place at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden at 9am-12.30pm on 10 June.
Places are free, but you must register your attendance.
To secure your place, please email lizi.Stansfield@london2012.com
For further information please contact the Olympic Delivery Authority Press Office on +44 (0)20 3 2012 700.
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