As part of AECOM’s work for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic games, we undertook Legion pedestrian modelling at this busy metro station to test core demand scenarios and to run sensitivity tests, which successfully informed and shaped critical planning.

Canning Town London Underground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station were crucial for connecting public transport routes to and from various venues during London 2012. The volume of passengers interchanging between different metro lines was expected to be high. As a result, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) appointed AECOM to undertake pedestrian modelling of Canning Town station followed by a range of sensitivity tests, including:

  • Constructing and validating a 2008 base year model as a benchmark for demand simulations
  • Undertaking pedestrian and walking counts to reinforce qualitative site data
  • Developing a London 2012 Olympics model, incorporating forecast demand and service planning, and
  • Investigating multiple scenarios including the morning peak for spectator arrivals, the mid-afternoon changeover and the late-night bump-out for spectator departures.

Following analysis of simulations AECOM provided advice on the viability of each scenario with regard to safety, operational efficiency and passenger comfort.

Dynamic simulations were supplemented with ‘static’ spreadsheet-based analyses using relevant established standards, before a series of tests were run to refine the service and operational planning by ODA and partners.

AECOM’s Legion modelling and analysis has successfully informed and shaped the stakeholders’ critical planning for Canning Town station, with implications for other routes and stations affected by the changes.


  • Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)