Park and ride at Lakeside for 2012

London 2012 spectators are set to benefit from over 30,000 parking spaces during the Olympic Games as the UK’s largest ever park-and-ride scheme is staged across five zones, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) reports 2012.com.

This will include space at Lakeside shopping centre and retail park for those wishing to visit the Olympic site.

Park-and-ride sites are mainly intended for spectators who may find it difficult to make their entire journey to and from the Games by public transport, particularly those outside of London. A fleet of buses will transport passengers between the sites and venues. There is a total capacity for around 350,000 vehicles to use the park-and-ride service throughout the 16 days of Olympic competition.

A total of 30,000 spaces per day will be available across 18 car parks split into five zones serving London (including the Olympic Park, ExCeL and Greenwich Park), Weymouth (Sailing), Eton Dorney (Rowing and Canoe Sprint), Lee Valley White Water Centre (Canoe Slalom), and Hadleigh Farm (Mountain Biking).

An additional 780 spaces – more than two percent – will be made available across the sites for Blue Badge holders and those with recognised national disability parking permits, with another 2,200 spaces at or near venues.

Spectators, who can book their parking spaces via the London 2012 travel pages at www.london2012.com/travel, will automatically be given an available space in the zone serving their chosen venue (see ‘Notes to Editors’ for locations of individual car parks within venue clusters).

Sites that will serve venues staging football outside of London (Wembley Stadium) will be decided in the coming months.

LOCOG Chair Seb Coe said: ‘Park-and-ride provides another option for spectators at Games-time and will help those who may find it difficult to get to train stations or coach terminals can get to their events on time. Next summer will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and it is vital that spectators look at all the transport options available to them.’

ODA Director of Transport, Hugh Sumner, said: ‘The vast majority of park-and-ride sites have now been agreed with landowners and by the end of the year we will have a comprehensive network of car parks for spectators to use as a halfway house to get to and from their events. This will help us achieve our aim of making London 2012 a public transport Games.

‘The focus now is for spectators to begin planning their routes to London 2012 by booking their parking spaces well in advance.’

Park-and-ride sites were selected on account of a wide range of factors, including proximity to venues, expected demand on the local road network, the availability of spaces and the cost effectiveness of the infrastructure and work required.

Pre-existing car parks will be used in addition to plots of land that will accommodate parking during events, and all sites will revert back to their former use after the Games.

Costs for parking at venues outside of London will be from £10 for standard vehicles (carrying up to seven people) and from £18 for a minibus, with a booking fee of £2.50. Blue Badge holders will be able to park at no charge.

Parking at sites serving London venues will cost from £14 for cars and from £30 for minibuses, and will include a booking charge of £2.50. Blue Badge parking will also be free.

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