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Free runners show Monument’s a hop, skip and a jump from London Bridge

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3RUN parkour acrobats hired by Transport for London showed commuters on Monday morning that Monument Station could be an alternative for London Bridge commuters during the 2012 Olympics.

Free runners show Monument’s a hop, skip and a jump from London Bridge
Free runners show Monument’s a hop, skip and a jump from London Bridge

With London Bridge likely to be highly congested at times during the Olympic Games this summer, TfL is urging commuters to consider using other less busy local stations or walking to work.

"London is going to be transformed into a gigantic sporting and cultural venue at games-time, so London's transport networks will, at certain times and in certain places, be exceptionally busy," says Ben Plowden, director of planning at TfL's surface transport division.

"We aren't expecting Londoners to recreate the amazing feats of acrobatics that we've seen here this morning but the performance demonstrates in an engaging way just how quick and easy it is to walk between busy stations instead of waiting for a Tube or train.

"Many people don't realise how short distances are between many places in the capital for example, it take just six minutes to walk from London Bridge train station to Monument, and there are 47 Tube journeys in central London that can be walked in under ten minutes."

During the Olympics and Paralympics TfL and Network Rail will be providing free walking maps at 11 mainline stations and a number of major venue and east London stations. The easy-to-read maps show walking routes from mainline railway stations and their nearest London Underground stations.

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