Games Lanes causing 'confusion and controversy'


The cabbies demonstration came a day after the M4 Games Lane was introduced

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The controversy around the Games Lanes shows little sign of disappearing.

Cabbies brought Whitehall to a standstill this afternoon with a protest against not being allowed in them.

Here's a TV piece I did on that and the confusion facing motorists. More protests are planned.

The Games Lanes in London do not get turned on for another week but some motorists are getting confused. Many in my newsroom admit they don't know if they can use them.

That shows you, contrary to previous evidence, these messages can get blurred and lost very easily.

The bottom line is, apart from the M4 bus lane and the Egham bypass, the other Games Lanes are not turned on until Wednesday, 25 July.

That means you can use them.

Also the mood around enforcement is not draconian. It seems there will be some leeway on fines if a genuine mistake has been made and you drive into them. On the M4 it seems there is very little policing at all.

Not many Londoners, though, will want to chance a £130 fine ...

So are they a necessary evil to get athletes and officials between venues, or elitist? Let me know.

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

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    Comment number 6.

    The only people sabotaging the games is going to be the Government and the public.. What's wrong with the cabbies? It's only going to be on for a short while why can't they just get on with it.. Unless of course they are ferrying athletes but I doubt they are because all the athletes live in the Olympic city near the arenas and get supplied with transport? Cabbies get your finger out!

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    Comment number 5.

    The olympics seem to have been completely hijacked by sponsors and corporate interests. The games lanes are a symptom of this. Organizers like to point out that it is for athletes and officials to get around, but are not forthcoming at all about how many passes have been issued to sponsors, VIPs and other elites. @zil_2012

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    Comment number 4.

    It looks as if the Olympic Games will make a profit after all...

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    Comment number 3.

    Some of these lanes do not seem to have been given much thought.

    For example the one on the A30 near Heathrow is in the wrong lane. They have put it in the right hand lane even though this lane is not the lane for the M4, the main route into London. Instead the lane takes you away from the turning to the M4. They have not turned it on but I predict when they do the olympic traffic will be stuck.

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    Comment number 2.

    A lot of problems were caused on the M4 by incompetent Highways Agency temporary signs that appeared to show that the M4 was closed to all traffic other than Olympic vehicles. I am told that they have been removed this morning, after last night when all the traffic was leaving the motorway at J3 and there was a queue back to J4 at 8.00 pm. Can't these incompetent bureaucrats do anything right?


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