Whether you're a working mum or carting a buggy on public transport, here's our guide to getting around by tube, bus, train and road once this summer's sporting events begin
According to Transport for London (TfL), the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be equivalent to hosting the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon and the London Marathon all at the same time. As well as all the spectators travelling by public transport to the various events, there'll also be tourists taking in the sights. Our mum-friendly guide to travel shows you where to find more info, what you need to consider in advance and how to cope when travelling with a buggy.
London, along with other host areas, will be much busier than usual. Getting around will most likely take a lot longer than normal. A bit of advance planning could make a difference - consider all possible routes and transport options to decide on the easiest. At the very least, you'll be prepared for a longer journey.
Click on the stations below to download TfL's predicted waiting times during the Games:
If you are in an area, or will be travelling to or from an area, that's hosting an Olympic or Paralympic event, check out how you may be affected:
TfL has leaflets to download, highlighting the roads and stations in London boroughs where disruption is expected. Check out how your local area will be affected:
If you work in London, you'll need to think about your options for getting to and from work. If you drop off or pick up your children from childcare, remember that journey could also be affected.
If your children attend a kids' club during the school holidays, you may have to arrange for someone else to collect them if you can't get there on time. Speak to the people running the club about what happens if you're late to pick up. It may be worth talking to another parent, friend or family member to tee up a 'Plan B' in case you get delayed.
If both you and your partner work, you may want to consider alternating the days you collect your children from holiday club or their childminder.
Although the Olympic Games fall during the school holidays (27 July - 12 August), the Paralympics could run into term time (29 August - 9 September). This might impact on your school run.
Reduce your travel
TfL suggests that if you can reduce non-essential journeys in affected areas, or combine journeys to reduce the number of journeys you make, you can miss the crowds and avoid possible delays.
Leave at a different time
Consider leaving home and work at a different time. Leaving earlier or later to avoid the rush hour will make a big difference to your commute - ideally before 7am or after 11am and before 4pm or after 8pm.
Work from home
Talk to your employer about ways you could work more flexibly, such as changing your hours or working from home. It may not be possible for everyone, but it's worth considering.
Just a few days of flexible working could mean missing the busiest times during the Games.
Take annual leave
Taking annual leave during the Games could be an option.
We contacted TfL to find out what mums who don't have the option of leaving their buggy at home during the Games should expect.
A spokesperson for TfL reassured us that during the Games, "Buggies [will be] welcome on all London buses but we ask parents to be considerate of other passengers, folding buggies on busy services or where a wheelchair user needs to travel."
Travelling with a buggy on London buses, TfL asks commuters to consider the following:
TfL gave us its top tips to ensure your journey is safe and enjoyable with a buggy:
For more info, visit Get Ahead of the Games.
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