London 2012 - Lessons to be learned from road race test

Mon, 15 Aug 23:40:00 2011

London Transport have insisted they will learn the lessons from the Olympic cycling road race test event after furious drivers slammed its organisation.

London 2012 - Lessons learned from test

Much of London was left in gridlock by the race, won by Great Britain's Mark Cavendish, and some drivers were even forced to abandon their cars after spending hours in stalled traffic.

Transport for London insist they heavily publicised the event and warned about the potential for it to disrupt travel plans.

But they admitted stewards along the route, who many complained were badly briefed, needed better training ahead of next year.

"There are major learning points and there are improvements that can be made," said Transport for London chief operating officer Garrett Emmerson.

"We used 18 different companies and 3,000 stewards and we can and must make sure we do better next year.

"We put a vast amount of information out saying this race was going ahead and that it would be disruptive.

"Traffic volumes were 50 per cent down on what they would normally be and we only had to move 16 cars from the entire route.

"The event was a success in logistical terms but there are things that we can learn, such as getting information to stewards, and we will double our efforts.

"This was a major test event, it's the largest and most complex event at the Olympics and the scale is several times bigger than the London Marathon.

"We required barriers down virtually the whole route, 90 miles, and over a 1000 road closures. It was important that we were able to test it and the event went off successfully."

Locog's sports director Debbie Jevans also hailed the event a success, although France's Samuel Dumoulin - who finished third - claimed some parts of the route were 'dangerous'.

"If we need to make tweaks we will but we'll sit down and get feedback from the riders and the world governing body before making any decisions," she said.

More Than The Games / Eurosport

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