The Sterling Train Spotter - our online rail booking tool, will be operating as usual throughout both the Olympic Games (27 July - 12 August) and Paralympics (29 August - 9 September).
However, business travellers will experience a crowded rail network from time to time, particularly in and around London and may also be subject to delay as a result of the airline-style security at main London terminals. See useful websites below.
Across the rail industry, an additional 8 million journeys are expected to be made throughout the period covered by the Olympic Games. Business travellers might like to take account of the following information as they plan ahead.
How busy will it be?
Olympics organisers expect peak demand for train travel as follows during the Olympic Games (27 July - 12 August):
- Arriving into London between 7am and 8am
- Arriving into London between 4pm and 5pm
- Departing London after main events, so peak travel time after 10.30pm
There will be lots of busy trains, particularly within a 3 hour travel time circumference of London. This congestion, together with enhanced security measures, will mean slower journey times into the capital for example there is a two hour predicted time from London terminals to the Olympic Park and this will impact on all journeys.
Rail services running on the dates between the main Olympics and the Paralympics are likely to be quiet, and it is anticipated that travel will not be impacted during the Paralympics (29 August - 9 September).
Very busy rail hotspots will include:
Kings Cross / St Pancras / Bank / Westminster / Canary Wharf / Stratford / Canning Town / Liverpool Street
Plus the three stations serving the Olympic Park:
Stratford International / Stratford Regional / West Ham
Tips for business travellers
- Although additional capacity is planned for the morning peaks to cope with the extra demand from Olympics visitors, making a seat reservation (with any ticket) is strongly encouraged
- Consider travelling either side of the Games’ peak times
- Factor in any potential delays when opting to use Ticket-on-Departure fulfilment methods
- Utilise evolvi on-site ticket printing and in-company kiosks where possible.
- Evening business peak for business travellers leaving London is not expected to be affected, as the bulk of the Olympics traffic will leave London much later
- Day return business travel should be OK but very busy
- Consider travelling between mid-morning and tea-time
- Consider travelling by First rather than Standard
- Consider holding meetings in cities outside of London trains travelling ex London in the morning and back in the evening are likely to be the lowest demand services.
- Re-schedule trips and meetings to avoid busy periods
- Factor in extra time for potential travel delays
- Plan ahead!