Olympic Torch travels up Thames ahead of Opening Ceremony: Plan your travel and 'Get Ahead of the Games' - Friday, 27 July 2012
- Olympic Torch Relay will travel by boat on Friday from Hampton Court to City Hall, before reappearing at the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games
- TfL advises that people without a ticket for Opening Ceremony or another event should avoid Stratford area from 15:00
- Tube to run later to make sure spectators can get home
- Over 3 million people have now planned their travel at GetAheadoftheGames.com with 50,000 following @GAOTG on Twitter
- For the latest on how transport services are operating, check before you travel at http://www.tfl.gov.uk and follow @TfLTravelAlerts (Tube, DLR and London Overground) and @TfLTrafficNews (roads)
The Olympic Torch Relay will today (Friday 27) take the final leg of its journey around the UK on the River Thames, travelling by boat from Hampton Court to City Hall arriving at around 13:00.
It will then reappear in the evening at the Olympic Park for the main event, the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
As the Torch travels along the river, spectators will be able to see it from along the banks.
TfL's advice to those coming out to see it is to stay local if possible and find a point along the river that is close to home or work to view the Torch as it passes.
All of the bridges between Hampton Court and Tower Bridge will remain open as the Torch passes by, but there will only be limited viewing capacity from the bridges so arrive early and have an alternative viewing point planned.
London's transformation into a massive sporting and cultural venue is complete and London is now truly an 'Olympic City' so Games-time travel plans should now be put into action.
As the focus turns towards the Olympic Park for the Opening Ceremony of the Games tonight, roads and public transport around Stratford will be exceptionally busy.
Anyone without a ticket to the Opening Ceremony or other event in the area is advised to avoid travelling to Stratford and around the Olympic Park from 15:00.
Westfield Stratford City will close early at 15:00 to assist the management of the 80,000 spectators travelling to the Park.
Tube services will run from Stratford until 02:25 to make sure spectators can get home.
Ticket holders for the Opening Ceremony should plan ahead and leave plenty of time to travel, using the Spectator Travel Planner at london2012.com/journey.
There will not be any parking at or near the Olympic Park so spectators should take one of the 10 different rail lines, or various bus routes, that serve the area.
London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy CBE, said: 'Large and enthusiastic crowds continue to come out to see the Olympic Torch, and as it makes its final journey along the Thames, spectators are advised to stay local to see it and be prepared to wait.
Later Tube services
'The main event is almost here and with 80,000 people attending the Opening Ceremony of the Games roads and public transport to Stratford and around the Olympic Park will be exceptionally busy, particularly in the afternoon.
'If you don't have a ticket, avoid the Olympic Park area from 15:00.
To make sure everyone can get home from the Opening Ceremony we will be running Tube services later.'
Olympic Torch Relay route Friday, 27 July:
Spectators of the Torch Relay
Spectators going to the Opening Ceremony
During the Games, up to one million extra visitors are expected in London every day, making an additional three million journeys over and above the usual 12 million daily journeys on public transport.
London's roads and public transport networks will be exceptionally busy.
Anyone intending to travel should ensure they plan ahead at GetAheadoftheGames.com and leave extra time for their journeys.
TfL's key travel advice for Friday, 27 July:
- The Olympic Torch Relay will travel along the River Thames. Bridges across the Thames will remain open to traffic
- Roads around the ORN and venues remain exceptionally busy, including key routes into central London such as the A2, A3, A12, A13 and A40
- There is no stopping or loading along the 109 miles ORN while it is in operation, from 06:00 to 00:00 every day
Notes to editors:
- This TfL London 2012 Games travel bulletin is issued twice per day, at the expected times of 07:00 and 14:00
- Alongside these media travel bulletins, at 1400hrs each day, TfL will also publish the full 2012 Transport Factsheets on which they are based. Factsheets for each day of the Olympic Torch Relay, Olympic and Paralympic Games have already been produced and published at GetAheadoftheGames.com, but they will be revised on a daily basis, based on the latest information and experience, throughout the Games
- TfL operates the following services: London Underground, London buses, Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London's major roads, including the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks in London, Cycling - including Barclays Cycle Hire and Barclays Cycle Superhighways, Emirates Air Line, London Overground, London River Services, Victoria Coach Station, Taxis
- The TfL Press Office will be available 24 hours a day on 0845 604 4141 and will have a member of staff in the London Media Centre during normal opening hours
- A number of services are available including:
- Pre-packaged scripted films through the London Media Centre and on the TfL website at www.tflimages.com
- B roll footage of London's transport network available from www.tflimages.com
- A comprehensive image library providing free access to images of London's transport network available from www.tflpressgallery.co.uk
- Interviews with TfL spokespeople