It was recognised early on that creating strong transport links in and around the Olympic Park in east London was vital to the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Extensive improvements to the transport infrastructure in east London were required in order to create a safe, reliable and accessible transport system for the increased numbers of passengers during the Games.

As well as meeting the transport demands of the Games, the plans also took into account the future demands of new residents and businesses attracted to the area by the regeneration.

The ODA invested more than £500 million in local infrastructure to develop and deliver these improvements. Some of the key developments include:

  • a second new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) line;
  • a new branch of the East London Line;
  • new and improved piers for river services on the Thames; and
  • enhancements to more than 100 walking and cycling routes.

By working closely with key delivery partners, including Transport for London and Network Rail, the ODA has been successful in transforming this part of east London into one of the best connected areas of the capital.

It is hoped that these changes will also help generate socio-economic benefits by providing previously poorly connected communities with new transport options that link to jobs and services.