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Phil Goodwin: Issue 604 31 Aug 2012

Some transport lessons from the Olympics

One of which is that things worked well partly because enough people believed that they wouldn’t

Phil Goodwin

Transport for London is basking in praise as well-deserved as that for the athletes, and everybody is naturally wanting to claim some of the reflected glory. I shall too, with a small  “I told you so”, though with a caveat. In the column I wrote a year ago (LTT 26 Aug 11) I said that: “The great persuasion exercise is… entirely necessary in order to raise awareness but, given that the awareness is there, people will find ways to adjust their behaviour reasonably...

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Your Comments:

Jen
31 Aug 2012

So its an observer mediated effect? Sounds supsiciously quantum to me!

RG

Jason
31 Aug 2012

Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

TfL, LOCOG and their consultants (who, for legal reasons, shall remain nameless) were determined to avoid the previous issues with transport around the games. Considering the level of coordination needed to implement transport measures across so many different councils I was pleasantly surprised it went so well.

If you were involved, thank you for your hard work.