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Bid to get Olympics crowds moving

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2012 organisers want all spectators to use public transport

Plans to encourage 385,000 spectators to travel between London 2012 venues by using public transport have been published by Olympic organisers.

The 11.5m scheme hopes to leave a network of key routes between 2012 Olympic venues.

They include cycling paths stretching from Finsbury Park in north London to Victoria Park in the east.

Organisers want every spectator to get to the venues by using public transport, walking or cycling.

Better signage

Paths are also to be improved from Epping Forest and the Wanstead Flats to Stratford in the east.

Creating a good walking and cycling experience for people during the Games could see more people choosing this travel option afterwards
John Armit, ODA chairman

It is estimated that 10,000 spectators will walk to the Olympic Park and river zone venues on peak days, along with 4,400 who will cycle.

"Creating a good walking and cycling experience for people during the Games could see more people choosing this travel option afterwards," said John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Under the scheme anyone trying to get to the events under their own power are promised better road surfaces with wider paths.

Better signage and demarcation for walkers and cyclists along shared routes is also promised.

The plans come two weeks before the Department of Transport announced phase two of the expansion of the East London Line.

The expansion will play a key role in the organisation of the 2012 Olympics and will constitute a new orbital rail network around London.

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