To facilitate the safe and efficient movement of Games Family, everyday London commuter and business traffic, a number of Games related road interventions were developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These included the Olympic Route Network (ORN), Active Traffic Management (ATM), Movement Management Areas (MMA) and traffic management around venues. This was part of London 2012’s objective to ‘keep London and the rest of the UK moving’.
Arup assisted the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in undertaking strategic highway modelling to forecast the predicted impacts of the movement of traffic, both in isolation and in combination, on London’s road network during the Games.
To maximise the limited time available Arup enhanced existing transport models to suit Games time conditions. Our approach was based on merging a number of existing TfL and ODA highway assignment models, to produce a bespoke tool, fit for Games modelling.
Outputs from the models were used for stakeholder consultation and to inform travel advice to the general public and businesses including traffic diversion effects, changes in traffic delays, ‘hot spot’ locations and the impact of proposed road closures around venues.
We also supported the ODA during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as part of the multi-agency Transport Analytics Group, giving advice and support to a range of stakeholders. Additionally we provided journey time assessments for LOCOG’s client groups, inputting into the GetAheadOfTheGames website.