POSTED: March 21st 2013
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Madrid 2020 outlines travel and accommodation plans for Games

Donna Taylor worked with LOCOG and spoke about accommodations for the Spanish bid / Madrid 2020
Donna Taylor worked with LOCOG and spoke about accommodations for the Spanish bid / Madrid 2020

CHAD WISE and LAURA WALDEN in MADRID / Sports Features Communications

March 21 – The International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission concluded the second day of its visit to Madrid today with a presentation on Transport and Accommodation.

“Around 80% of the capacity required is within a radius of 10 kilometres of the city,” Donna Taylor, who was in charge of accommodation for London 2012, said. “We will be able to offer 44,933 beds in hotels ranging from two to five stars.

IOC members and organising staff will stay in around 1,800 rooms in five-star hotels near the Retiro. A fully accessible hotel near the Olympic Park will house the Paralympic family. Media members will occupy 3,000 rooms near competition sites and in the Media Village, where they will be able to work in “excellent conditions.”

“We started working well in advance, at the highest level with a solid and cohesive team to achieve one end: Madrid 2020,” Madrid Hoteliers Association President Jesus Gatell said. “We are not merely chasing profits in 2020. We want to be useful to society and to position Madrid well for the future.”

Madrid’s 53,000 restaurants will “guarantee a great dining experience,” Director of Tourism in the Madrid Region Joaquin Castillo said. A wide range of cultural and artistic activities in the Spanish capital will also offer Games attendees quality of experience.

Madrid’s already-existing infrastructure, which has recently been improved, will be sufficient for the travel needs of attendees, according to Madrid 2020.

“All transport requirements during the Olympics can be met without any important changes to the public transport and road system,” Saioa Sancho said. Sancho works with the company responsible for planning the transport strategy. “The objective is to move different groups of customers easily and safely between competition sites and their lodging.”

The transport plan will see 65% of athletes only five minutes from the Olympic Village, with a 15-minute travel time for 98% of athletes. The maximum travel time will be 25 minutes.

 Barajas International Airport, with four terminals and a massive public transportation system (train, metro, taxi and bus), welcomed more than 49 million travellers to Madrid in 2011, and will be able to receive more than 70 million per year.

The high-speed rail network, featuring 12 radial and four major ring roads, will offer travel times of less than two-and-a-half hours between Madrid and Valencia – for Sailing – and Barcelona, Cordoba, Malaga, Valladolid and Zaragoza – for Football.

Madrid’s public transportation has received an investment upwards of 15 billion Euros in the last 20 years to increase metro capacity, new suburban lines train, more bus hubs and other improvements. Almost 42% of all travelling in Madrid accesses public transport, while 34% is on foot and 24% utilises private vehicle. Limited mobility travellers are accommodated by buses and 61% use the metro system.

One metro line will be extended and four new stations will result from a $427-million investment to improve access at Olympic venues. Express Olympic buses and an increase in metro services to the Olympic Park will also be instituted or the Games.


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