Commuters to London urged to ‘Walk to Work’

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Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail are urging Buckinghamshire commuters who use London stations to explore their travel options and try walking this summer.

As ‘Walk-to-Work’ week begins and the London 2012 Games draw near, TfL and Network Rail will be making walking maps available at the capital’s most popular mainline stations, including Euston.

These easy-to-read maps have been designed to encourage rail commuters arriving from the rest of the UK to swap their short tube journey for walking during Games time. TfL will also be providing free walking maps at a number of venue stations and at east London stations. Those hoping to avoid peak travel times after work are encouraged to use them to take advantage of evening entertainment occurring across the city this summer.

In addition, TfL is supporting Recyclebank’s re:route app, launched earlier this month, which encourages people to walk and cycle more in London by rewarding green behaviour with points that can be redeemed against a wide range of offers and discounts from Recyclebank partners (including Marks & Spencer, Planet Organic and Champneys). Alongside the rewards, re:route also alerts people to the number of calories that they have burnt and the amount of CO2 they have saved for each journey. For more information go to www.recyclebank.com.

The TfL ‘Walking journey planner’ (www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/walking) provides routes, distance and estimated duration times for all journeys and is a particularly useful tool for those unfamiliar with London’s roads.

Research indicates up to three million journeys will be made on certain days during the Games. Many of these will be made from or through London’s mainline stations as spectators from the UK and the rest of the world flock to the capital.

Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets, the charity that runs Walk to Work Week, said: “Walking is a quick and efficient way to get around which is also better for our planet. During Walk to Work Week we’re urging commuters across London to give walking a go and to log their minutes, miles and steps using our online tool and see how easy it is to fit some more walking into your working week. With the Games around the corner, it’s crucial that commuters get into good habits now to ensure their journeys aren’t affected during the Games.”

A number of mainline and London Underground stations have been classified as ‘hotspots’ by TfL, Network Rail, the train operating companies and ATOC. This means they will, at certain times and places, be very busy during both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Passengers are advised to plan ahead and explore travel options such as walking, which will be one of the best and quickest ways to make short journeys in London during this summer’s Games.

Mainline ‘hotspot’ stations include Waterloo and London Bridge stations, which will both be exceptionally busy, and Liverpool Street, Kings Cross/St. Pancras, Victoria, Paddington, Marylebone, Waterloo, Cannon Street, Fenchurch Street, Euston and Charing Cross – all of which will be busier than normal.

Planning to travel differently at Games time, like walking short distances around central London, will help you get around more easily. Check out all your options and start making your plan for Games time now at www.getaheadofthegames.com