First Group named preferred bidder to transport spectators at London 2012 Olympics

Contractor to provide buses and coaches for shuttle and park-and-ride services.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has confirmed that FirstGroup are the preferred bidder to provide hundreds of buses and coaches to transport spectators during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The ODA expects around 10 per cent of spectators will use direct coach services, with a further 11 per cent likely to use park-and-ride services for journeys to the Olympic Park.

The contractor will provide around 500 buses and coaches for venue shuttle services and park-and-ride and around 90 buses and coaches for park-and-ride services, to connect parking sites on the periphery of the M25 with the Olympic Park and Ebbsfleet.

Also, around 300 coaches to operate a network of express coach services to the Olympic Park and Weymouth and Portland, management of the direct coach operations, a bus and coach services reservations and ticketing system and operational support staff at all bus and coach locations to manage the fleet.

Transport Minister Sadiq Khan said: "Good transport is absolutely vital to a successful Games. This contract will provide crucial links for thousands of spectators throughout the country making the Olympic Park an accessible and cost effective destination."

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