Rio offered transport tips from London

The Brazilian host city for the 2016 Olympic Games has been given tips on transport from London, reports. The chairman of the London Assembly transport committee Caroline Pidgeon has offered the advice to Rio.

A letter to Roberto Jaguaribe, the Brazilian ambassador to Britain, included details of the investigation into transport operation for London 2012 carried out by the transport committee.

Over 60,000 million passengers used the London transport network during the Olympic period, according to

That figure reflected a 30 per cent rise in tube passengers, double the amount of people using the DLR and an increase of 47 per cent of commuters using the London Overground as people made their way to event venues during the Games.

Ms Pidgeon said: “Rio faces new – and different – challenges in the run up to the Games in 2016, but London’s experiences can bring lessons to the table that are relevant to all cities planning to host the Olympics, World Cup or other major sporting events.”

The letter included advice on making sure plans are detailed and extensive and are tested far in advance to ensure their success. It also included comments that getting travel operators to work together was vital both before and during the Games.