Roads to be closed for Olympic VIPs in 2012 have been revealed

Roads that will only be accessible to official Olympics vehicles during the 2012 games have been revealed by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

More than 60 miles of key routes will be closed including the West Way, the Great Western Road and A4 near Earl’s Court.

The lanes are to be used by the 'Olympic family' so they can run freely across London to and from the games and not be held up in traffic.

The 'Olympic family' includes 24,000 Olympians with their teams and an additional 25,000 'marketing partners'. The move to allow sponsors on to the express routes has attracted much criticism.

Richard Tracey, spokesman for the London Assembly Conservative Group, said that because some sponsors would be staying in “plush hotels in the west end”, the major route along Park Lane would be partly closed.

The lanes form part of a wider Olympic Route Network (ORN), which will cover more than 100 miles of roads in central, east and west London, including Euston road outside St Pancras and Euston railway stations, Park Lane near Hyde Park Corner, and The Mall near Buckingham Palace.

They will typically be open from 6am to midnight, and a further 171 miles around the rest of the country will also be closed off.

Not all roads in the ORN will have games lanes, but they will be subject to side road closures, banned right turns, changes to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings and adjustments to bus and coach stops.

Motorists flouting the rules will face a £200 fine.

Victor McClean

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3 August 2010

Reminds me of the special lanes reserved for party offiials in their Zils in communist-era Soviet Union.


3 August 2010

This makes me furious. Why should Londoners have to give up an extra lane and suffer further congestion when trying to go about their business for the sake of a few self important athletes, dignitaries, and sponsors.

If they are worried about being late, let them take the train, or set off earlier.

As far as sponsors go, who are the biggest sponsors of the Olympics? The UK tax payers, especially the London council tax payers. Let them use these Olympic Lanes if we have to have them at all.

3 August 2010

[quote suman]This makes me furious. Why should Londoners have to give up an extra lane and suffer further congestion when trying to go about their business for the sake of a few self important athletes, dignitaries, and sponsors.[/quote]

Yes, it's completely unreasonable that Londoners are expected, with just 2 years notice, to be inconvenienced because of the Olympics.

2 years notice isn't enough, not on any level of reasonableness or ability to plan ahead and avoid the place if need be.

It's a national disgrace, someone ring the Daily Mail or better still read the website where the details are published;

Two and a half per cent of London’s roads will form part of the ORN/PRN, which will be roadwork free and subject to measures such as changes to traffic signal timing and temporary ‘Games Lanes'.

Recent Games including Beijing, Athens and Sydney have all used Games Lanes. They will only operate in London on the busiest parts of the ORN and under one per cent of London’s roads will have a Games Lane.

‘Where Games Lanes are required there will inevitably be some temporary disruption to everyday life, but we must give athletes the best chance to train and compete effectively. That means ensuring they get to their events on time and minimising the time they spend travelling.’

Given the games are a reality whether we like it or not, and I'm in the not camp, this is a reasonable compromise isn't it?

3 August 2010

The ODA should tell these officials and sponsors where to get off. The Athletes have to stay in the village near the venues so why can't these people do the same. I'm sure they want to promote being eco friendly so wouldn't walking or taking our public transport be the best way. I saw on the telly that they are trying to tell Boris to host major road events like the marathon in the week when he's trying to point out it makes more sense to do them on the weekend. We should tell them what they are going to do as they can gardly take the games away especially at this stage.

3 August 2010

I live only a few streets away from the A4 near Earls Court. It is the major route out to Heathrow for me, which I use regularly, this is a bit sh*t. I think during the Olympics I'll just do a driving tour of Europe for a couple of weeks to avoid the pain.

Frankly, I think that they should house people wanting to be a part of of the Olympics near the venues, but then who in their right mind would want to stay in East London? The area around the Village isn't exactly nice.

3 August 2010

[quote Autocar]subject to side road closures, banned right turns, changes to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings and adjustments to bus and coach stops.[/quote] How long will it take for some numpty in the Council Traffic Dept. to decide that actually some of these alterations are good, let's implement them permanently. Don't believe they have any common sense. These are the same people who have ruined every large roundabout in London by fitting traffic lights at each entry point to ensure that the otherwise free flowing traffic is stationary for ages. They also fit mini roundabouts at every side turning and speed bumps in a 30 limit which are only negotiable at about 5MPH so everyone is braking and accelerating continuously to ensure maximum fuel consumption and pollution

 

 

3 August 2010

[quote suman]As far as sponsors go, who are the biggest sponsors of the Olympics? The UK tax payers, especially the London council tax payers. Let them use these Olympic Lanes if we have to have them at all.[/quote]

Can't help but agree to some extent. Admittedly only an inconvenience for a couple of weeks. However, not only do the Olympic sponsoring Londoners fail to get the same privileges, but worse - they are disadvantaged by the extra congestion they will have to suffer in the remaining lanes.

It would grate less if London council tax payers were not forced to contribute to the privileges of a few.


3 August 2010

1% of London roads.....but these are some of the most congested roads in London and obviously some of the most used ones as well! I think we have a right to complain! 2 years notice should be enough? For what I wonder? To see how long it takes us to go to work on foot? It is amazing that instead of doing this they didn't "push" the Olympic "crowd" to use the high speed train they are making and have a special lane to go to the station! I can understand trying to help athletes and dignitaries but sponsors? No way! I will definitely leave the city for 2 weeks during the Olympic games.

3 August 2010

There you go then, you've got TWO WHOLE YEARS to plan your holiday.

3 August 2010

[quote Johnny English]Reminds me of the special lanes reserved for party offiials in their Zils in communist-era Soviet Union.[/quote]

Good observation, and for an event now considered a charade of corrupt officials, sleazy governments, cheating athletes, gross imperialism, crappy national anthems, (they are all turgid, third-rate compositions) flag waving, synchronised face pulling as a sport, and greedy organisers who rifled the accounts of every Lottery fund in the land to pay for their overspend and expenses.

Thank you Blair. Olympians, please monopolise our roads in gratitude.

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