13 March 2012
Canary Wharf Group Announces London 2012 Games Transport Plans
Canary Wharf Group today announces initiatives to keep the iconic Canary Wharf business and shopping district in central London ‘open for business’ during the Games period.
Additional trains, boats and bikes; containers for non perishable deliveries; amended construction and delivery timetables and encouraging transport commutes outside peak times are among the initiatives to ensure that Canary Wharf is fully functional despite being within three miles of 20 Olympic venues.
Canary Wharf Group, which owns, builds and manages Canary Wharf, has been working closely with TfL and Canary Wharf-based companies to prepare the plans, which are being rolled out in the coming months.
“Canary Wharf will be open for business,” says Howard Dawber, Strategic Advisor for Canary Wharf Group.
“We have applied the same focus and attention to detail that we use designing and constructing the world’s best buildings into our transport plans. The 2012 Games will shine a positive spotlight on the amazing progress made in inner east London in the last few years. The plans will ensure that offices, shops, bars and restaurants will continue to be staffed, helping the local economy to remain buoyant,” says Dawber.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy, said: “There will be certain days and times during the Games when a number of locations, including Canary Wharf, will be much busier than normal and we are asking passengers to avoid these hotspots if they can.”
“Canary Wharf Group’s transport plans are a brilliant example of what businesses, working in partnership with TfL, can do to ensure they can keep on running successfully – and profitably – during Games time. I have every confidence that Canary Wharf, in common with the rest of London, will be very much ‘open for business’ next summer, and that we will deliver a great Games, while keeping London and the UK moving.”
Canary Wharf Group expects a 25% drop off in the usual peak time public transport commuter numbers during the Games. This, in combination with the transport initiatives in place, means that only a small number of evening rush hours (Friday 3 August and Monday, 6 to Thursday 9 August) at Canary Wharf Station are likely to face significant disruption during the Games, with waits of longer than half an hour if not enough people change their travel behaviour. Canary Wharf commuters are encouraged, where possible, to avoid the rush hours during Games time, particularly at key stations such as London Bridge.
Commuters to Canary Wharf are already benefiting from more peak time Jubilee line trains, which will be increased again this Spring, to 30 trains an hour. During Games time, four of the westbound evening peak trains will start empty from Canary Wharf, helping to balance demand from Canary Wharf commuters with that of spectators travelling to and from the Olympic Park. A stream of up to date communication will indicate the best routes to get home.
Canary Wharf Group and TfL are offering individuals and companies assistance with transport planning during Games time, and spectators heading to and from the Olympic Park, which will have the best transport connections in Games history, will be encouraged to use transport other than the Jubilee line where possible.
Over 300 Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations will be in place at Canary Wharf in time for the Games, and Canary Wharf Group will be providing nearly 2,000 ‘ordinary’ bike racks. The Group has leased a 170-seater Thames Clipper catamaran to create additional boat capacity between London Bridge and Canary Wharf during the peak commuter times.
Details included in the Canary Wharf Group Olympic transport plans include:
• The number of Jubilee line trains moving through Canary Wharf will be increased from 27 to 30 at peak times this spring. During Games time, commuters will also benefit from TfL’s plan to start four westbound Jubilee Line trains an hour during the evening peak (16.30-19.30) from Canary Wharf, proving much needed additional capacity to the Station. The remaining Jubilee Line trains travelling both east and west through North Greenwich will continue to serve that station as normal.
• DLR and Thames Clipper services will also run special timetables during the Games aimed at reducing congestion in peak times. In 2009 the DLR added 50% extra capacity to its service through Canary Wharf
• By the London 2012 Games there will be up to 500 Barclays Hire bicycle docking points at Canary Wharf, and the Group is adding an additional 500 ‘ordinary’ bike rack spaces to the 1,400 already available (excluding individual tenant bike spaces).
• TfL has provided free Travel Advice to Business support to 29 businesses in Canary Wharf, employing more than 90,000 people. Further information on the assistance available to businesses and individuals can be found on www.getaheadofthegames.com
• Canary Wharf Group has leased a 170-seat high speed Thames Clipper catamaran to provide additional capacity between Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.
• Prior to the Games period, Canary Wharf Group is running two Games ‘simulations’ with Canary Wharf-based companies’ business continuity teams
• Canary Wharf will have additional staff on location to advise people as to the best routes
• Canary Wharf Group will have a full-time employee based in the Stratford transport control room, to feed information to Canary Wharf-based companies and trouble-shoot in the Canary Wharf area
Enhanced Planning and Staff Flexibility
• Canary Wharf Group will install containers to store non-perishable high volume supplies such as stationary and stock for Canary Wharf-based offices and retail units.
• Canary Wharf-based companies will be encouraging flexi-time for staff.
• Where possible, construction sites managed by the Group, including the Canary Wharf Crossrail station and 25 Churchill Place, will aim to reschedule construction works to reduce vehicle movements at peak times.
• Where possible, deliveries to tenants will be scheduled at night to minimise disruption
For further information, please contact:
Canary Wharf Group plc
T: 020 7418 2326
M: 07779 888 075
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1) About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc (CWG) is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.
Canary Wharf has a working population of nearly 100,000 people in a diverse range of sectors for some of the world’s leading companies. It has paved the way for the regeneration of London’s Docklands and one in five Canary Wharf workers now lives in a local East London borough. It has helped London and the City consolidate its position at the centre of the business world.
Following the recent announcement to build a new headquarters for European Medicines Agency at 25 Churchill Place, the Group has plans in place to continue to develop Canary Wharf in the coming years. This will be in parallel with other central London developments such as the Shell Centre on the South Bank (in a joint venture with Qatari Diar) and 20 Fenchurch Street in the City of London (in a joint venture with Land Securities). The Group is currently constructing the Canary Wharf Crossrail station ahead of schedule and on budget, which is ready to receive the Crossrail tunnel boring machines in Summer 2012.
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