London 2012: Quick road changes for the Olympics


Some traffic lights are being re-phased in preparation for the Olympic Games

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Today I've been looking at how the roads are changing ahead of London 2012 to make space for the Olympic traffic that will arrive towards the end of the week.

Changes are now taking place quickly. Traffic lights continue to be re-phased - some drivers think that adds to the disruption.

And the first major piece of road re-engineering has been carried out - as you'll see from my TV report.

The Strand underpass has now been reversed. That's to clear routes for media buses between Russell Square and Stratford.

Transport for London wants to free up capacity for the Olympic traffic and reduce congestion.

Usually traffic starts to drop off in July, but not this week with the Olympic family beginning to arrive.

Of course all of this is going on prior to the Olympic Route Network on Wednesday, 25 July.

That will allow competitors, officials and the International Olympic Committee to get to the venues. Some of that will be exclusive Games Lanes but Transport for London (TfL) has to reduce the traffic on the rest.

Those plans seem to be going to plan, albeit TfL is warning motorists to avoid central London from the end of the week if they can.

In west London we have the opposite; the stretch between M4 junctions two and three remains shut and that's causing long delays.

It's also on the Olympic route network - the M4 bus lane is meant to be reactivated on Saturday to make it Olympics-only.

The Highways Agency says it should be re-open on Thursday. If not then will Olympic traffic have to fight its way through the jams in west London?

Tom Edwards Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 7.

    'Don't drive in London', 'Enjoy it you've had 6 years..'
    I am a delivery driver in London, so the above is not helpful advice. Bus drivers want a bonus, train driver will get a bonus. Me? I will be unable to work. I get paid per delivery, not mileage, not by the hour, so working will be untenable. I will lose 3 weeks pay. Forgive me for not looking forward to the chaos about to hit London

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    Comment number 6.

    Best advice is - Don't go to London.

    I've not been for over 25 years now, and I couldn't be happier!

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    Comment number 5.

    The Olympic Route Network (ORN) is there because its a clause in the contract as a result of the chaos of the Atlanta 1996 games.
    Only a small part of ORN is dedicated lanes, the rest is light re-phasing, suspension of 1. some L & R turns, 2. some pedestrian crossings, and 3. some parking bays
    Perhaps things will flow a lot better and after all the changes are reversed Londoners will complain more

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    Comment number 4.

    At the very least the games organisers/sponsors should be made to pay for free public transport for people who live in London while they are disrupting out ability to move about our home city.

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    Comment number 3.

    What is a "normal Londoner" expecting? There were massive fanfares when London "won" the right to host the Games, and the country went wild. Did the "normal Londoner" think hosting the Games would happen in the background? Get real. It's happening now so just bear it, or even enjoy it maybe?

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    Comment number 2.

    Don't drive in central London during the Games - simple. Everyone has had plenty of time to prepare for this, 6 years in fact... Stop moaning, get a grip and just get on with it..

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    Comment number 1.

    I drove in the new games lane eastbound on the A40 yesterday (currently open to normal traffic). This is going to cause chaos and massive resentment as this leaves the route with a single lane coming into town at some critical place (overpasses etc). This will not form part of my daily route but I feel for the millions of journeys which will be disrupted. Normal Londoners will lose out big-time!



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