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Project Manager : Project Manager April May 2012
transport awarded for excellence in SUSTAINABILITY WAS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT themes of London’s Olympic bid, and with spectator transport expected to account for 17 per cent of London 2012’s carbon footprint, an important aim was to get 100 per cent of spectators to the Games by public transport, walking or cycling. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and its major transport delivery partner, Transport for London (TfL), needed to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in improving transport infrastructure to create more attractive and higher- capacity public transport options. However, the concept of sustainability also needed to strike a balance between environmental, social and health benefits, and economic criteria. Consequently the Transport Policy was developed around the themes of accessibility and inclusion, healthy living, climate change and transport. The challenge was to ensure that these theme objectives were interpreted consistently across all of the transport projects. To do this, London 2012 worked with the British Standards Institute (BSI) to help develop a British standard for a sustainable events management system, creating a new benchmark for how major events should be planned around key sustainability principles. The ODA Transport team became one of the first organisations to achieve the new standard BS8901:2009. In doing so, it explored ways to further reduce the carbon impact of its transport activities, including the use of low- carbon concrete in the construction of the transport infrastructure. TfL is delivering £7 billion in projects that will benefit Games-time transport. The ODA contributed more than £500 million to these projects, including a second new Docklands Light Railway line; a new branch of the East London Line; new and improved piers for river services on the Thames; and enhancements to more than 100 walking and cycling routes. Investment predominantly concentrated on permanent rather than temporary transport infrastructure, particularly very high-capacity transport, such as rail, which 80 per cent of Games spectators are expected to use. For example, the North London line has new trains, new signals and extra track, allowing four-car trains, instead of three-car trains at a higher frequency. Temporary measures are only being used where there is no clear legacy benefit in building permanent infrastructure. The ODA has also spent more than £11 million to improve eight walking and cycling paths to the Olympic Park , and other paths to outer London venues. Even those working at Olympic Park have embraced cycling, with about 12 per cent of the workforce walking or cycling to work. Two “Cycle to Work” days were held at Olympic Park . A total of 152 schemes are being delivered by local authority partners as part of the improvement of 80km of cycling and walking routes. One of the challenges of implementing a transport plan in a major working city like London is the wide range of stakeholders involved. Delivery partners alone included TfL, National R ail, train operating companies, local authorities, the Highways Agency, the Javelin High speed train service, the river industry, walking and cycling groups. The implementation of the Sustainable Event Management Systems Standard played a vital role in demonstrating to stakeholders – including suppliers and contractors too – that the transport team was committed to the effective management of sustainability across each project and activity. By working closely with its delivery partners, the ODA has been successful in transforming East London into one of the best connected areas of the city. Most importantly, it has delivered this lasting benefit with sustainability as a proven core principle. •••
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