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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

How's your Olympic Tube journey been so far?

Yesterday was the first working day of the Olympics and it appears that
TfL's "keep away" messages may have had some effect. The London Underground was not as overcrowded and packed as many of us thought it might be.  Although people (including myself) were Tweeting that the system was quiet and the "hot spots" weren't hot, TfL's official figures are that Tube journeys were up 4% on Monday 30th July.  Not a huge figure!

Holborn Hotspot
This is a picture I took of Holborn on the Central Line yesterday as I was heading East towards Stratford at about 9.40am.  As you can see it's hardly the "exceptionally busy" that TfL were predicting.

Although we shouldn't be too complacent or speak too soon as each day will be different.  London's transport commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: "Public transport in general, and the Jubilee line in particular, will be exceptionally busy today as spectators make their way to events at key Olympic venues across the capital.

"We are very grateful to customers for following our advice to avoid London Bridge station and for major businesses who are enabling their staff to work flexibly during the Games.

"Our advice to all users of the transport network continues to be to plan ahead, avoid hotspot areas, and leave plenty of time for your journey."

At time of writing the Central Line, one of the main routes into the Olympic Park at Stratford, is suspended from Liverpool Street, due to reports of a fire at Leyton. So if you're making your way to the Games there this morning best use the District or Jubilee Line instead.

Meanwhile, Downing Street, Tweeted a blurry picture of David Cameron travelling on the Tube yesterday to watch the Tom Daley & Peter Waterford  in the diving finals.

Cameron has been keen to stress how he wanted to use public transport during the Games rather than the special "Games Lanes" branded 'Zil lanes'  reserved for VIPs travelling to venues by car.

He told Sky News : “I’ve just actually come on the Tube myself to see what the traffic situation is like, not too bad, the Bakerloo line is going all right There are lots of challenges, we’ve got to overcome them one by one. I think everything at the moment is looking good.

How was your journey into and from work yesterday?

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