The Olympic Park will host over nine sports for Olympic 2012, London. It is a 2.5 sq. km site in Stratford, east London, providing a purpose-built and within reach to the center stage for the games.
The Olympic Park is a sporting complex which is under construction for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. It is located to the east of the city adjacent to the Stratford City development. The previous proposed design of the Olympic park had four arenas, due to some reasons it is now reduced to three. Now the remaining indoor arenas after moving the volleyball to Earls Court Exhibition Center are the Basketball Arena and the Cooper Box. For Summer Olympics 2012, it will contain the athlete Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Center. After Olympics 2012, the park will be known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. And it will be transformed into one of the largest urban parks created in Europe for more than 150 years, designed to enrich the local ecology by restoring wetland habitats and planting native species. The sports amenities will be made open for use by local sports clubs and societies.
Travel To The Olympic Park
Accessibility To The Olympic Park
- Stratford, Stratford International and West Ham stations are all step-free with staff assistance available. We suggest that people with accessibility needs use Stratford and Stratford international, as West Ham station is around 1.6km from the venue’s entrance.
- You can make National Rail journey, for this you need to book when you buy your train tickets or once you have received your Games Travel-card.
- You can reach the venue by local London busses; they have low floors and provide audio and visual assistance. And there is one wheelchair space for every bus.
- Park-and-ride services are provided for this venue during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Parking spaces are available at all parking sites with shuttles to the venue which are well suited for a wide range of disabled spectators including wheelchair users.
Transportation To The Venue
There are National Rail stations which provide access to the Olympic Park:
- Stratford station with direct train service from London and East Anglia.
- Stratford International station, with direct train service from London, Ebbsfleet and Kent.
- West Ham station, with direct trains from London and Essex.
- National Rail service runs from London Liverpool Street to Stratford.
- Use javelin service to Stratford International from London St. Pancras International, if you are travelling from the north into London King’s Cross, London St. Pancars or London Euston stations.
There are two London Underground stations providing access to the Olympic Park;
- Stratford, on the Jubilee and Central lines
- West Ham on the District and Hammersmith and city lines. The West Ham stations are approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the entrance to the Olympic Park along dedicated walkway.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)
Olympic Park is served by the two lines of the DLR;
- At Stratford, Stratford International and West Ham station.
- DLR runs to Stratford from Lewisham and Woolwich Arsenal stations in south-east London.
There are extensive bus network in London and there are routes and stops at different areas. Websites are available for checking the transport for London closer to the date of your event.
There is limited capacity canal passenger service running from Limehouse Basin along the Limehouse Cut to Old Ford Lock, on the Lee Navigation, outside the Olympic Park.
There are coach services provided to the Olympic Park from a range of locations. These are planned to arrive at the venue for the start of sessions. For travelling in coach you need to book in advance.
'Transport for London' provides:
- First edition, to view new routes and plan your trip using a new London Cycling Guide covering the entire Olympic Park a surrounding is.
- Another edition includes the diversions in place for the Game and temporary cycle parking locations around the Olympic Park.
Six 'greenway' walking routes connect with the Olympic Park: Victoria Park and Stepney, Lea Valley North, Hackney Park, Limehouse Cut, Epping Forest and the Elevated Greenway.
Taxis And Hire Vehicles
Taxi and private vehicle drop-off areas will be provided at the Northern Spectator Transport Mall and Southern Spectator Transport Mall.
UK will open its doors to thousands of athletes and spectators for the 2012 summer Olympic Games. The majority of the games will take place in London and above, in this article we have mentioned all the information you could need to get to venues to enjoy the exciting events.