How will Games Lanes affect Olympics?

An Olympic Route Network will be used on London's roads aiming to ensure athletes, officials, VIPs and media get to events on time. But many are angry at the prospect of traffic restrictions and 30 miles of dedicated Games Lanes. Click on the faces or numbers to read more.

  • "Risks to children"

    Joanne Brianti, parent

    Joanne Brianti
    I attended a so-called consultation on the closure of a lane on the A40 and it was clear that the decision was a foregone conclusion and the concerns of local residents would be brushed aside.

    Hanger Lane at peak times is awful at the best of times, and having Games Lanes on the A40 will result in traffic diverting on to residential roads to avoid the inevitable delays. That will result in increased risks to children and elderly residents.

    My twin sons will be four in March and attend a local commercial nursery. I'm concerned that staff may have problems getting to work.

  • "Fare increase"

    Russell Hall, taxi driver

    Russell Hall
    Park Lane is a major thoroughfare, and due to the IOC being based in the hotels there, getting down into the city is going to be a complete nightmare.

    Travelling to the Games from the West End or main stations like St Pancras and Paddington will be difficult.

    Cab fares will increase four-fold because of the time spent in clogged traffic, as we won't be allowed to use the Games Lanes. I've suggested a taxi-share scheme that could involve all London cabs: four or five people in a cab from a station to the Olympic Park at a fixed price.

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  • "Transplant concerns"

    Martin Schulz, TNT Express

    Martin Schulz
    We have a national contract to deliver blood plasma which involves us in picking up consignments from a hospital or a blood bank and safely delivering it to hospitals. If such deliveries are late it could put a transplant at risk.

    The introduction of the ORN will result in the wholesale removal of existing loading bays on the roads that are a part of the network.

    Locog are making additional changes to waiting and parking bays near Olympic Venues. So not only are we losing the ability to serve our customers by carrying out kerbside deliveries, we may also not be able to park anywhere near where we need to be.

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  • "Games lanes are vital"

    Karen Pickering, Olympian

    Karen Pickering
    Being able to get where you need to be quickly is vital for an athlete. You have to have absolute confidence that the transport system will get you where you want on time.

    If you are travelling in Olympic transport and there's an accident or a reason why a bus doesn't get there on time then you're covered: the race won't start. If you take the tube and are late they won't hold up the race. You want to know within five or 10 minutes when your transport is going to get there because those five or 10 minutes can make a difference.

    The Games Lanes for those athletes in London that will have to travel are absolutely vital.

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  • "Sketchy information"

    Timothy Soar, photographer

    Timothy Soar
    We run a busy photography studio in Hackney Wick, beside the Olympic Park.

    As yet we have had only sketchy information about how transport will be affected, it took three requests over several weeks to be offered a link to the London 2012 website for maps that had been removed.

    We face a four-week closure over the summer and as yet no one has offered us any consultation whatsoever. The Olympics feels like a massive wasted opportunity, with too much politics and not enough creativity.

  • "Locals sidelined"

    Pat Davey, wheelchair user

    Pat Davey
    We're treated with disdain in the East End. We knew there would be disruption, but it's going to be murder. Even though the Games are on our doorstep we feel like we've been sidelined.

    Wapping's Highway is one of the main routes in and out of London from east to west. The Olympic Route Network and the Games Lanes are going to turn it into one-lane traffic. We're going to have gridlock and the people of Wapping are going to be shut off completely.

    It's possible [TfL] have consulted the local council, but they certainly haven't consulted us.

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  • "Gridlock concerns"

    Simone Day, dog trainer

    Simone Day
    I live within a mile of Greenwich Park and on a major route for the equestrian events. We're going to be losing the whole park and a huge chunk of the common on Blackheath. Dog walkers are going to suffer, and children will lose their play areas during a holiday period.

    With the planned lane closures, south-east London is going to gridlock. Every road around me is going to be restricted, if not closed off at certain times. Basically my livelihood is going to be gone over those periods because I won't be able to get to clients.

    Information about the restrictions is hard to find, and it's not very specific.

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