Handling of transport and traffic associated with major sporting events

Project information

Index: 0323R1
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Energy and sustainable transport
Location UNITED KINGDOM LONDON London (both inner and outer) Start/End date of the practice
End: Ongoing

Topic of the practice

Mobility Management

Good Practice Information

It is a good example of how to manage the transport, safety, traffic, safety and security challenges when holding major sporting events in London. The main objective is to help minimize disruption to normal transport operation and ensure safety of participants and passengers before, during and after the events.

London has many mass participation events each year, e.g. marathons, sporting matches, concerts and demonstrations. Events differ in size and scale, and it can be challenging to predict precise numbers of participants and their transport needs. So, various transport and crowd flow management systems are being implemented in the city.

The bodies involved in implementation are: Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for the London 2012 Games, Wembley Stadium Consultancy, the commercial operation of Wembley Stadium, the London Borough of Islington, Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal Football Club, and the British
Transport Police.

A critical success factor is effective liaison and planning involving transport police, PT operators and other stakeholders before and during mass events.

Evidence of success

Crowd disturbances and disruptions to transport operation are prevented/minimised by: engaging and co-operating fully with stakeholders; clarifying roles and responsibilities before event planning starts; understanding crowd dynamics; using professional security staff; using modern technologies to help spread information and for PT e-ticketing system; enforcement of parking rules; understanding the capacity of stations, the capability of the PT services and traffic flow management. When events are held, the transport police may close the nearest bus stops and train stations to help create a steady crowd flow and avoid congestion. Most of the bus stops and train stations in operation are a distance of one mile from the venue. The Emirates and Wembley stadia both have ‘Three Station Strategies’ to cover any failures in transport services.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Jim McGeever

LEPT @ London Councils


ODA transport information - www.london2012.com/making-it-happen/transport/index.php; British Transport Police football policing - www.btp.police.uk/passengers/issues/football_policing.aspx

Annex completed on: 04-27-2011

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