Archive for August 2012

Construction of utility access chambers on New Bond Street, Princes Street & Brook Street

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Prior to the arrival of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines, Phyllis & Ada, it is necessary to install monitoring equipment on certain utility services in the area. Please see the Information Sheet below for further information.


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Block W4 Project Update

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Please see the latest Newsletter below to see the latest news and progress.


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Water main connection works in Weighhouse Street

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These works are due to commence on the 28 of August, 2012 for one night. Please see the Information Sheet below for further details.


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Policy Exchange Are Right on Social Housing, but Individual Local Authorities Cannot Go it Alone

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Yesterday, think tank Policy Exchange (PX) launched a report calling for more social housing to be built in England.  The story has been picked up across the media and blogosphere, highlighting the call to sell off valuable property to finance the new builds.




Many look to Westminster as an obvious place where such a plan would have a high impact. With an average value on social housing stock of £290,000 and rising, you can see why. But in fact, as the report highlights, throughout the country 816,000 properties are worth more than the average house price for an area totalling 20% of the social housing stock. Those homes have a total value of £159bn, less than half (£71.9bn) of which is in London.

The core of the proposal is to sell social housing that is above average value as it becomes vacant in order to reinvest the funds. This could create the largest social house building programme since the 1970s. PX believes the sales could raise £4.5 billion annually which could be used to build 80,000-170,000 new social homes a year and reduce the housing waiting list by between 250,000 to 600,000 households in five years.


The report says that ending reinvesting the vast wealth tied up in expensive social housing:



  • Will generate growth and jobs. This reform should allow 80,000-170,000 new homes every year. This would create up to 340,000 jobs a year in the construction industry.
  • Is extremely popular with all sections of society. 73% of people including social tenants think that people should not be given council houses worth more than the average property in a local authority. By 2:1 voters agree people should not be given council houses in expensive areas.
  • Has no real effect on employment. More expensive areas do have slightly higher employment rates but these differences are very small. Since people commute to work – either by public transport or car – the only effect of moving tenants is reducing time spent travelling and travel costs. This is not a major driver of employment
  • Raises tenants’ standard of living. The majority of social tenants are either totally or largely reliant on benefits. Someone living on benefits in an expensive part of London will pay a 10-15% premium compared to someone living in a cheaper area.
  • Reduce the housing waiting list by between 250,000 to 600,000 households in five years. The overwhelming majority of people waiting for a council house will benefit from these reforms.


Under their proposals, no tenant would be required to move from their home, as high end properties would only be sold of as they become vacant.

This gives us a lot of food for thought, but these proposals by PX will not work in isolation, operated by one council alone. To succeed and make the most of the opportunity highlighted, any implementation would need to be achieved nationally, but councils – such as Westminster - with a significant range of properties with massive value variations would inevitably be at the centre of any such move.


In Westminster, we are already working innovatively to provide fairer and more affordable housing options to lower-earning individuals who do their fair share to support the economic life of the West End. This PX proposal would support that work. Rather than undermine access to central London for key workers as some commentators have suggested, it would actually help it – supporting mixed communities and providing vital accommodation to those with need and value to add.


In January, I announced a change in social housing provision in Westminster to trial a scheme which will give London’s workers a Fair Share. Workers who would not otherwise be prioritised for social housing are able to apply for affordable accommodation in the thriving centre of the capital, thanks to this pilot flagship scheme. The Fair Share scheme makes better use of existing housing stock to provide more accommodation for those making an economic contribution to central London.


One reason the Fair Share scheme came about is that Westminster faces social housing pressures more acute than elsewhere in the country, and we lack available land which is suitable for building new affordable homes. That is why no council can go it alone in reforming housing policy. However, with commitment to affordable housing for key workers and others as Westminster is demonstrating, sale of high value council housing - if applied nationally - could help provide for a renewal of social housing in a way that satisfies both the taxpayer and the growing waiting list for affordable homes. 

Changes to the Hoarding on Davies Street

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The construction of the new ticket hall on Davies Street is progressing very well. Please see the Information Sheet below for further details.


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Fitzroy Place - Newsletter

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Please see attached the August newsletter for Fitzroy Place which details recent and forthcoming site activities.
 
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Capping Beam Construction at Bond Street’s Western Ticket Hall

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The first phase of works to build the capping beam on top of the diaphragm wall panels which were completed earlier in the year. Please see the Information Sheet below for further details:


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Soho Arts Fair

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Please see below the invitation flyer to the Soho Arts Fair in Kingly Court, Carnaby Street on the 24th and 25th August. 


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#London2012 Travel Information - Wednesday

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More great performances from #TeamGB today clocking up our best Olympic performance since 1908 - Well done all!



Here is your daily travel information update for tomorrow, Wednesday 8 August.

Basketball finals start at the North Greenwich Arena and the Jubilee line will be busy late into the evening, with North Greenwich Tube station particularly affected.

Live Sites are in Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Waltham Forest and Woolwich. Most of the time, Live Sites are free and no tickets are needed. Hyde Park can be reached via Bond Street, Marble Arch and Green Park stations. Please note that Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch stations will operate flexibly and may become exit only if busy. Victoria Park can be reached via Mile End station.

Thank you for avoiding the busy parts of the transport network at the busiest times. London has a lot to offer during the Games, so make the most of the theatres, restaurants, shops, free concerts and other attractions.
Games venues for tomorrow
If you have a ticket for an event at the Olympic Park and want to avoid delays at Stratford station please consider using:
  • West Ham Tube station on the Jubilee, District and Hammersmith & City lines, which is a short walk away and is clearly signposted
  • Javelin service from St. Pancras International to Stratford International (Games Travelcards are valid)
  • National Rail service from Liverpool Street (Games Travelcards are valid)
The following Games venues will be in operation tomorrow:

Earls Court
ExCeL
Greenwich Park
Horse Guards Parade
North Greenwich Arena
Olympic Park
Roads
Where possible, please avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues.

Drivers using the following routes should be prepared for congestion during the morning peak:

A2 – Back from the Kidbrooke Interchange
A3 – Back from Tibbet’s Corner
A4 – Chiswick Roundabout back to Gillette Corner
A12 – Lee Interchange back to the Green Man Tunnel
A13 – Canning Town to the Beckton Roundabout
A40 – Hanger Lane back to the Polish War Memorial

The ORN is now in operation and being enforced from 06:00 to 00:00. This also includes ’Games Lanes’ for the use of athletes, officials and the world’s media to get them to their events on time. Games Lanes are being operated flexibly and being opened to regular traffic when they are less busy. A network of 150 Variable Message Signs along the route will advise motorists when Games Lanes are open to regular traffic. To watch a short video explaining how the Olympic Route Network and Games Lanes work, please click here

The ORN near Wimbledon and Lord’s Cricket Ground are no longer in operation.

For a map of tomorrow’s roads hotspots and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

Roads in and around the following areas will be the busiest tomorrow and should be avoided if possible:

A4 Corridor (Earls Court)
Shepherd’s Bush roundabout to Fulham Broadway, Turnham Green and Knightsbridge

A40/A406 (Wembley Stadium and Arena)
Neasden to Acton and Hanger Lane

Blackwall Tunnel (Greenwich and Royal Artillery Barracks)
All approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel

Greenwich town centre (Greenwich Park)

Stratford (Olympic Park)
Public Transport
The busiest times across the transport network are expected to be from 07:30 – 10:00, 16:30 – 20:00, and late evening from 21:00 to close of public transport services. You may want to consider retiming your journeys and remember to check the times of your last train home with your operator.

Many bus routes will be on diversion. To check whether your bus is affected, please visit tfl.gov.uk/2012buses

For a map of tomorrow’s hotspot stations and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

We expect the following sections of Tube and DLR lines, in both directions, to be busy during the times listed above:
Central line
Between Tottenham Court Road and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Bank and Holborn
Jubilee line
Between Waterloo and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Canary Wharf and London Bridge
Northern line
Between London Bridge and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Busiest station(s): Bank, Euston and London Bridge
Piccadilly line
Between Holborn and Earl’s Court
Busiest station(s): Holborn
Docklands Light Railway
Between Canning Town and Prince Regent
Busiest station(s): Bank and Canary Wharf
For full details online of:
We are working to both deliver a great Games and to keep London moving. Thank you for your help with this.

Tuesday Travel Update - #London2012

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Here is your daily travel information update for tomorrow, Tuesday 7 August.

The cycling section of the Men’s Triathlon event is taking place on roads in central London. Athletes will complete a seven-lap, 40km bike ride around a course that takes in Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner. There will be road closures along the race route which will be put in place from 02:00 and will reopen when it is safe to do so. Please avoid stations that are close to the route, particularly before the race starts at 11:30 and after the finish at 14:00.

Men’s semi-final football match at Wembley will be kicking off during the evening peak as a result the Metropolitan and Jubilee lines are expected to be busy.

Live Sites are in Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Waltham Forest and Woolwich. Most of the time, Live Sites are free and no tickets are needed. Hyde Park can be reached via Bond Street, Marble Arch and Green Park stations. Please note that Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch stations will operate flexibly and may become exit only if busy. Victoria Park can be reached via Mile End station.

Thank you for avoiding the busy parts of the transport network at the busiest times. London has a lot to offer during the Games, so make the most of the theatres, restaurants, shops, free concerts and other attractions.
Games venues for tomorrow
If you have a ticket for an event at the Olympic Park and want to avoid delays at Stratford station please consider using:
  • West Ham Tube station on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, which is a short walk away and is clearly signposted
  • Javelin service from St. Pancras International to Stratford International (Games Travelcards are valid)
  • National Rail service from Liverpool Street (Games Travelcards are valid)
The following Games venues will be in operation tomorrow:

Earls Court
ExCeL
Greenwich Park
Horse Guards Parade
Hyde Park
North Greenwich Arena
Olympic Park
Wembley Stadium
Roads
Where possible, please avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues.

Drivers using the following routes should be prepared for congestion during the morning peak:

A2 - Back from the Kidbrooke Interchange
A3 - Back from Tibbet’s Corner
A4 - Chiswick Roundabout back to Gillette Corner
A12 - Lee Interchange back to the Green Man Tunnel
A13 - Canning Town to the Beckton Roundabout
A40 - Hanger Lane back to the Polish War Memorial

The ORN is now in operation and being enforced from 06:00 to 00:00. This also includes ’Games Lanes’ for the use of athletes, officials and the world’s media to get them to their events on time. Games Lanes are being operated flexibly and being opened to regular traffic when they are less busy. A network of 150 Variable Message Signs along the route will advise motorists when Games Lanes are open to regular traffic. To watch a short video explaining how the Olympic Route Network and Games Lanes work, please click here

The ORN near Wimbledon and Lord’s Cricket Ground are no longer in operation.

For a map of tomorrow’s roads hotspots and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

Roads in and around the following areas will be the busiest tomorrow and should be avoided if possible:

A4 Corridor (Earls Court)
Shepherd’s Bush Roundabout to Fulham Broadway, Turnham Green and Knightsbridge

A40/A406 (Wembley Stadium and Arena)
Neasden to Acton and Hanger Lane

Blackwall Tunnel (Greenwich and Royal Artillery Barracks)
All approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel

Greenwich town centre (Greenwich Park)

Stratford (Olympic Park)
Public Transport
The busiest times across the transport network are expected to be from 07:30 - 09:30, 16:30 - 19:00, and late evening from 21:00 to close of public transport services. You may want to consider retiming your journeys and remember to check the times of your last train home with your operator.

For a map of tomorrow’s hotspot stations and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

The following bus routes will be affected by tomorrow’s road events:
2, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 414, 436, C2, N9, N16, N19, N22, N38, N52, N73, N74, N97, N137

We expect the following sections of Tube and DLR lines, in both directions, to be busy during the times listed above:
Central line
Between Holborn and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Bank, Bond Street and Holborn
Jubilee line
Between Wembley Park and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Baker Street, Bond Street, Canada Water, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Southwark and Waterloo
Metropolitan line
Between King’s Cross St. Pancras and Wembley Park
Busiest station(s): Baker Street and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Northern line
Between London Bridge and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Busiest station(s): Bank, Euston, King’s Cross St. Pancras, London Bridge and Waterloo
Piccadilly line
Between Holborn and Earl’s Court
Busiest station(s): Holborn and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Docklands Light Railway
Between Canning Town and Prince Regent and between Bank and Greenwich
Busiest station(s): Bank and Canary Wharf
For full details online of:
We are working to both deliver a great Games and to keep London moving. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Olympic Travel Update - Friday

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Here is your daily travel information update for tomorrow, Friday 3 August.

Thank you again for continuing to avoid the busy parts of the transport network at the busiest times and helping us keep London moving. With Live Sites, free concerts, theatres, restaurants, shops and attractions on offer in the West End and across town, London has a lot to offer during the Games. To plan ahead and find the best time and route for your journey, please visit Getaheadofthegames.com

Tomorrow will be the busiest day of the Olympic Games so far, as Athletic events start at the Olympic Stadium. Over 200,000 spectators and workforce are expected at the Olympic Park alone. From 10:30 – 17:00 tomorrow and Saturday, the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre will only be accessible to accredited workers, members of the public with, or collecting, a Games ticket or using hospitality venues.

Unless you have a Games ticket, please avoid the area where possible and enjoy the attractions at numerous other locations across London. Games tickets can only be bought in advance via the London2012 website; no Games tickets can be bought at Stratford.
Games venues for tomorrow
If you have a ticket for an event at the Olympic Park and want to avoid delays at Stratford station, please consider using:
  • West Ham Tube station on the Jubilee, District and Hammersmith & City lines, which is a short walk away and is clearly signposted
  • Javelin service from King’s Cross St. Pancras to Stratford International (Games Travelcards are valid)
  • National Rail service from Liverpool Street (Games Travelcards are valid)
The following Games venues will be in operation tomorrow:

Earls Court
ExCeL
Greenwich Park
Horse Guards Parade
Lord’s Cricket Ground
North Greenwich Arena
Olympic Park
Royal Artillery Barracks
Wembley Arena
Wimbledon
Roads
Where possible, please avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues.

Drivers using the following routes should be prepared for congestion during the morning peak:

A2 ‑ Back from the Kidbrooke Interchange
A3 ‑ Back from Tibbet’s Corner
A4 ‑ Chiswick Roundabout back to Gillette Corner
A12 ‑ Lee Interchange back to the Green Man Tunnel
A13 ‑ Canning Town to the Beckton Roundabout
A40 ‑ Hanger Lane back to the Polish War Memorial

The ORN is now in operation and being enforced from 06:00 to 00:00. This also includes ’Games Lanes’ for the use of athletes, officials and the world’s media to get them to their events on time. Games Lanes are being operated flexibly and being opened to regular traffic when they are less busy. A network of 150 Variable Message Signs along the route will advise motorists when Games Lanes are open to regular traffic. To watch a short video explaining how the Olympic Route Network and Games Lanes work, please click here

Work to return the ORN near Lord’s Cricket Ground back to normal begins at midnight tonight, as all Olympic events have taken place at this venue.

It will be exceptionally busy around Stratford tomorrow, as the Olympic Stadium opens for Athletics events and more spectators will be in the Olympic Park throughout the day. Only drive in the area if your journey is essential.

For a map of tomorrow’s roads hotspots and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

Roads in and around the following areas will be the busiest tomorrow and should be avoided if possible:

A4 Corridor (Earls Court)
Shepherd’s Bush Roundabout to Fulham Broadway, Turnham Green and Knightsbridge.

A40/A406 (Wembley Stadium and Arena)
Neasden to Acton and Hanger Lane

Chelsea and Wandsworth (Wimbledon)
Putney Heath to Vauxhall, including Wandsworth town centre, Battersea and southern parts of Fulham and Chelsea

Blackwall Tunnel (Greenwich and Royal Artillery Barracks)
All approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel

Greenwich town centre (Greenwich Park)

Stratford (Olympic Park)

St John’s Wood (Lord’s Cricket Ground)
Public Transport
Many bus routes are on diversion. To check whether your bus is affected, please visit tfl.gov.uk/2012buses

For a map of tomorrow’s hotspot stations and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

Customers are advised to avoid London Bridge where possible and find alternative stations such as Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Blackfriars.

We expect the following sections of Tube and DLR lines, in both directions, to be busy at certain times of the day:
Central line
Between Bond Street and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Bank, Chancery Lane, Holborn and St. Paul’s
District line
Between Earl’s Court and Southfields
Busiest station(s): Fulham Broadway
Jubilee line
Between Bond Street and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Baker Street, Bermondsey, Canada Water, Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Southwark and Waterloo
Northern line
Between London Bridge and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Busiest station(s): Bank, Euston, King’s Cross St. Pancras, London Bridge and Waterloo
Piccadilly line
Between Holborn and Earl’s Court
Busiest station(s): Holborn and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Docklands Light Railway
Between Canning Town and Prince Regent
Busiest station(s): Bank and Canary Wharf
For full details online of:
We are working to both deliver a great Games and to keep London moving. Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Summer in the Square

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Grosvenor are putting on 18 days of free events in Grosvenor Sqaure with a line-up of entertainment ranging from music to theatre and more.

Please see the attachment below for further information and the dates and timings of events.
   
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Games Travel Update for Thursday

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Here is your daily travel information update for tomorrow, Thursday 2 August.

During the Games, London has been turned into a massive sporting and cultural venue. As a result, central London, the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and areas around venues will be busy at certain times and certain places. Thank you again for listening to our travel advice; transport is working well. More frequent and later transport services and greater flexibility in transport patterns means that so far we have been able to get spectators to events while keeping London moving. London is still very much open for business. To plan ahead and find the best time and route for your journey, please visit Getaheadofthegames.com

Live Sites are in Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Potters Fields, Waltham Forest and Woolwich. Most of the time, Live Sites are free and no tickets are needed. Hyde Park can be reached via Bond Street, Marble Arch and Green Park stations. Please note that Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch stations are exit only from 10:00 - 22:00 daily. Victoria Park can be reached via Mile End station.

Triathlon technical rehearsal is taking place tomorrow. Hyde Park Corner will be closed from 05:00 until about 09:00. The Piccadilly underpass will remain open throughout. The Olympic Route Network (ORN) will be operating differently during these times. Some roads previously unaffected by the ORN will have changes to the way they operate. This could result in delays to journey times in some areas previously unaffected by the Games.
Games venues for tomorrow
Beach Volleyball is taking place at Horse Guards Parade tomorrow. On each day this event takes place, Embankment is expected to be busy.

The following Games venues will be in operation tomorrow:

Earls Court
ExCeL
Greenwich Park
Horse Guards Parade
Lord’s Cricket Ground
North Greenwich Arena
Olympic Park
Royal Artillery Barracks
Wembley Arena
Wimbledon
Roads
Please continue to avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues.

Drivers using the following routes should be prepared for congestion during the morning peak:

A2 - Back from the Kidbrook Interchange
A3 - Back from Tibbet’s Corner
A4 - Chiswick Roundabout back to Gillette Corner
A12 - Lee Interchange back to the Green Man Tunnel
A13 - Canning Town to the Beckton Roundabout
A40 - Hanger Lane back to the Polish War Memorial

The ORN is now in operation and being enforced from 06:00 to 00:00. This also includes ’Games Lanes’ for the use of athletes, officials and the world’s media to get them to their events on time. Games Lanes are being operated flexibly and being opened to regular traffic when they are less busy. A network of 150 Variable Message Signs along the route will advise motorists when Games Lanes are open to regular traffic. To watch a short video explaining how the Olympic Route Network and Games Lanes work, please click here

For a map of tomorrow’s roads hotspots and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

Roads in and around the following areas will be the busiest tomorrow and should be avoided if possible:

A4 Corridor (Earls Court)
Shepherd’s Bush Roundabout to Fulham Broadway, Turnham Green and Knightsbridge

A40/A406 (Wembley Stadium and Arena)
Neasden to Acton and Hanger Lane

Chelsea and Wandsworth (Wimbledon)
Putney Heath to Vauxhall, including Wandsworth town centre, Battersea and southern parts of Fulham and Chelsea

Blackwall Tunnel (Greenwich and Royal Artillery Barracks)
All approaches to the Blackwall Tunnel

Greenwich town centre (Greenwich Park)

Stratford (Olympic Park)

St John’s Wood (Lord’s Cricket Ground)
Public Transport
The following bus routes will be affected as part of tomorrow’s preparation for the Triathlons:
2, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 36, 38, 52, 73, 74, 82, 137, 148, 414, 436, C2, N9, N16, N19, N22, N38, N52, N73, N74, N97, N137

For a map of tomorrow’s hotspot stations and day by day information for each day of the Games, please click here

London Bridge National Rail Station is expected to be busy, especially in the morning and evening peak and will be operating differently.

We expect the following sections of Tube and DLR lines, in both directions, to be busy at certain times of the day:
Central line
Between Holborn and Stratford
Busiest station(s): Bank, Chancery Lane, Holborn and St. Paul’s
District line
Between Earl’s Court and Southfields
If you want to avoid the queues at Stratford, consider using West Ham for the Olympic Park; this short walk and is clearly signposted
Jubilee line
Between Waterloo and Stratford
Busiest station(s): London Bridge
If you want to avoid the queues at Stratford, consider using West Ham for the Olympic Park; this is a short walk and is clearly signposted
Northern line
Between London Bridge and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Busiest station(s): Bank, Euston, King’s Cross St. Pancras and London Bridge
Piccadilly line
Between Holborn and Earl’s Court
Busiest station(s): Holborn and King’s Cross St. Pancras
Docklands Light Railway
Between Canning Town and Prince Regent
Busiest station(s): Bank
For full details online of:
We are working to both deliver a great Games and to keep London moving. Thank you in advance for your help with this.