It’s six months until the start of the London Olympics and the city is preparing to welcome a flood of visitors with up to three million extra journeys anticipated on peak days. Whether you intend to go to an event of if you want to avoid the busiest areas, you will need to plan your journeys efficiently. Over the coming weeks we will provide hints and tips for travelling around the city as well as flagging up other things that are going on.
The Olympic Park
The main venue for the Games is the Olympic Park in Stratford. The Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome are all here along with arenas for basketball, handball, water polo and hockey.
The recommended stations to use are: Stratford, for the Jubilee and Central lines, London Overground and the DLR; Stratford International for the DLR and National Rail services including the Javelin service from St Pancras; and West Ham for the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
In addition to these, there are a number of other stations nearby that may be worth using to avoid the busier areas. Hackney Wick, Pudding Mill Lane, Leyton, Stratford High Street and Abbey Road are all less than 15 minutes walk away from the Park although we will keep checking to make sure there are no restrictions planned for these stations.
All stations are in Zone 3 except Hackney Wick and Pudding Mill Lane which are in Zone 2 making it slightly cheaper to travel to them from central London.
A Room for London
At first glance it looks like a boat that has been washed onto the roof of the Queen Elisabeth Hall on the South Bank. It is actually a one-bedroom installation, built by Living Architecture and designed by David Kohn Architects in collaboration with the artist Fiona Banner, and will stay on top of the roof throughout 2012.
All nights are now booked up but you can still have a chance of staying there by entering the Ideas for London competition, see here for more details: aroomforlondon.co.uk
Nearest stations are Embankment (Bakerloo, Northern, District and Circle lines) and Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines) as well as Embankment Pier for River Bus services.
Coverage and usage
The latest issue of Intersection magazine contains an article on the London Tubemap, copies are available from here: www.intersectionmagazine.com
Also, the University of Cambridge Library has bought a couple of posters for their collection.
The Design Biennale in Brno, Czech Republic got in touch to suggest we enter the map into their design competition. Both the London Tubemap and the Paris Metro map have been submitted so we’ll let you know if anything comes of that. The London Tubemap has also been entered in the D&AD Awards.
Congratulations to Antoine Raby whose new version of the Paris Metro map proved most popular in the Facebook vote. It’s interesting to note the amount of surface detail included on the map which has a very organic approach to representing the lines. Our map, designed by Mark Noad, came sixth, we’ll make this available to download from the London Tubemap site in the near future.