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03.09.12

Paralympic disruption not to be underestimated – TfL

Workers in London have been warned not to underestimate the Paralympics effect on the City’s transport network, as the system is likely to be as busy as during the Olympics some days this week.

The Paralympic Games are now in their second week, with athletics returning to the Olympic Park Stadium, and crowds expected to travel.

In addition to the spectators, commuters will be returning to work after holidays and many schools open today. The disruption is expected to be limited to key routes to East London, and the Paralympic Route Network is operating throughout the week along 8.7 miles of road.

On the busiest days of the Paralympics, around 215,000 people will travel to the Olympic Park in Stratford, with routes on the Jubilee and Central Underground lines and the Docklands Light Railway expected to fall under the most pressure.

Specially trained teams will be on hand to assist passengers with disabilities and temporary wheelchair ramps are in place at many railway stations.

A TfL spokesperson said: “The Paralympics has unique and different challenges, and working life is resuming and schools are going back.

“We’re still encouraging people to ‘get ahead of the Games’ and not to underestimate the effect they could have on the transport network and the city more generally. People can’t assume it will be business as usual.”

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