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The final day of the Olympics with a busy day of sporting events followed by the Closing Ceremony

Over the first 13 days of the Olympics the Tube carried 51.47 million passengers - an increase of 12.29 million (31.4 per cent) compared with same period last year.

  • Today will see road closures in central London for the men's Marathon so motorists are advised to avoid driving near the route
  • Stratford will be very busy this evening for the Closing Ceremony. If you don't have a ticket, avoid the area
  • Westfield Stratford City accessible only to spectators with Games tickets, accredited workers or those using hospitality venues after 8pm
  • Hyde Park Live Site is ticket-only for the Closing Ceremony and is sold out. Victoria Park Live Site is open and entry does not require a ticket
  • The Jubilee line will be busy and spectators are advised to use the District or Hammersmith & City lines via West Ham to get to the Olympic Park
  • Olympic events taking place at the Olympic Park, ExCeL, Hadleigh Farm, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park, Earls Court and Wembley Arena
  • Sporting action isn't the only way to get involved in London 2012 - there are fantastic Live Sites, free concerts, restaurants and bars, great West End plays and other attractions too. Check out www.london2012.com/joinin

After an amazing and inspirational two weeks, today witnesses the final action-packed day of cultural and sporting events for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

A number of events will be taking place today including the men's Olympic Marathon starting and finishing at The Mall, the Modern Pentathlon at Greenwich Park and the men's Water Polo final at the Olympic Park, followed by the Closing Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium. There will also be events taking place throughout the day at Hadleigh Farm, Earls Court, ExCeL and North Greenwich and Wembley Arenas.

This will mean public transport to these venues will be busy and people should plan ahead to avoid disruption. As some events continue into the evening spectators are reminded to check times of their last trains home and non-spectators are urged to continue avoiding the busiest stations at the busiest times. To plan journeys visit GetAheadoftheGames.com.

Over the first 13 days of the Games (from Saturday 28 July) there have been 51.47m journeys on the Tube, up 12.29m - more than 31 per cent - on the same period last year. Weekend Tube traffic has seen the highest increase, with Sunday being 77 per cent higher than last year. Increases have also been seen in people using Tube stations in the West End, with last Saturday evening (4 August) seeing an increase of 27 per cent. London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway also broke records last weekend, carrying a total of 1.4m passengers, and Barclays Cycle Hire clocking up a million hires in July.

The Hyde Park Live Site will be ticket-only today for the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert. The event is sold out and people are advised not to travel to the Hyde Park Live Site unless they have a ticket for the event. The Victoria Park Live Site will be open again and will be non-ticketed.

There are a number of stations that can be used to access the Hyde Park Live Site including Bond Street, Marble Arch and Green Park. Marble Arch and Hyde Park stations will operate flexibly and may become exit-only if they are busy. Victoria Park can be accessed from Mile End station.

London's Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy CBE, said: 'Today witnesses the last of Olympic sporting action followed by the Closing Ceremony, bringing to a close a phenomenal fortnight for the capital. Record numbers have been using our transport network during this exciting time, with more than 4.52 million journeys on the Tube on Thursday - marking the busiest day in London Underground's 149-year history.

'We are tremendously grateful to Londoners for taking our advice on board and adapting their travel patterns. But with the Paralympic Games starting in two weeks time, Londoners need to do more of the same and should start planning now for how they will travel during this time, avoiding the busiest stations at the busiest times.'

Ticketed spectators

  • People travelling to and from the Olympic Park are advised to try using the District, Hammersmith & City or C2C services into West Ham with a short direct walk along the Greenway to the Park for a quicker journey
  • If you have a ticket to a London 2012 event, make sure you don't miss it - check london2012.com for your recommended arrival times and leave plenty of time to travel
  • Make sure you have the correct Games Travelcard for the day of your event
  • Re-check your travel plans before attending an event by using the Travel Planner at london2012.com/journey
  • Expect queues when arriving and departing venue stations. Leave plenty of time to get to your venue, and remember to check the times of your last train home with your operator
  • The Live Site offering free concerts will once again be open today for people to soak up the atmosphere, but please note the Hyde Park Live Site will be ticket-only today for the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert. There are a number of other stations that can be used to enter the Hyde Park Live site including Bond Street, Marble Arch and Green Park. Marble Arch and Hyde Park stations may operate as exit-only if busy. Victoria Park live site can also be accessed from Mile End station

TfL's key travel advice for Sunday 12 August

  • Please continue to avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues
  • The men's Marathon will mean road closures in central London motorists are advised to avoid driving near the race route
  • Games Lanes are operating flexibly. Check the electronic roadside message signs which will clearly state if the Games Lanes are open to general traffic or reserved for Games vehicles. If you have to drive, plan ahead, consider re-timing your journey and allow more time
  • Events will be taking place across the Capital at the Olympic Park, ExCeL, Hadleigh Farm, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park, The Mall, Earls Court and Wembley Arena
  • Work continues to remove the ORN measures and road markings on some parts of the network when events at locations have finished, eg Wimbledon
  • Before travelling, check out live travel updates at tfl.gov.uk or by following @TfLTravelAlerts (Tube, DLR and London Overground), @TfLTrafficNews (roads) or @tflbusalerts (bus)
  • For full information on avoiding roads and public transport hotspots, check out GetAheadoftheGames.com - including detailed Daily Bulletins - and follow @GAOTG on Twitter
  • Sunday's Daily Bulletin is available at:
    http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/bulletins/12-august.html
     

 


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