To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what measures are in place to ensure that any additional buses required in London for the London 2012 Olympics do not affect bus services elsewhere in the country; and what estimate she has made of the number of buses which will be displaced during the Olympics for such purposes.
No displacement of buses from elsewhere in the country is expected. The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) recognise the need to ensure that people's daily bus services are not adversely impacted by the requirements for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games.
As part of the procurement for spectator bus and coach services to provide the park and ride and rail shuttles and direct services to some venues, ODA awarded the tender to a bus operator who showed that there would be no adverse impact on their existing operations elsewhere in the country.
Throughout the procurement and planning process for bus and coach services to transport athletes, officials and other members of the Games Family, LOCOG received assurances from its contractors that they can provide the level of resources contracted without impacting their existing day to day operations elsewhere in the country, in particular registered bus services.
Transport for London (TFL) published, in December 2011, its plans for temporary changes to bus services in London. These maintain London's current comprehensive network during the Games while accommodating temporary changes to the road network and enhancing capacity where appropriate to meet increased demand.