TfL confirms that London can cope with Olympics traffic

The commissioner of Transport for London (TfL), Peter Hendy, has reassured the London Assembly Transport Committee that the capital’s transport system will withstand next summer’s overwhelming traffic.

Speaking to the committee at a hearing this morning, Hendy confirmed that both the 2012 Olympic Games organisers and his own body, TfL, are confident that they’ll be able to deal with the event’s challenges.

He did admit on that the Olympics would create “100 days of extraordinary operations” for TfL, but that: “TfL and London 2012 are on track to deliver the necessary reductions required in demand at certain times and certain locations on the transport network.”

With both UK residents and tourists zipping from sporting events to function venues for subsequent celebrations, it is thought London will be heaving during the Games. However, it is hoped Hendy’s comments will reduce any concerns people have about being able to travel at this time.

One question put before Hendy was from Caroline Pidgeon, the committee’s chair. According to, she asked him: “Can each area cope with the number of spectators that are going to be visiting? What measures are being put in place to make sure that you can control the crowds that will be there?”

With such tough questioning, it is testament to Hendy’s confidence that he was able to respond calmly. One caution he did issue was that individual businesses should take matters into their own hands; preparing for the possibility that their logistics operations could be affected.