People have been advised to avoid using their vehicles when heading into central London during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Drivers were told today by Transport for London (TfL) that from the middle of next month they should avoid the centre of the capital, venues where events are being held and the Olympic Route Network (ORN) which is due to open on July 25, two days before the opening ceremony.
Large-scale congestion is expected and the ORN, a network of roads covering 109 miles around the capital, has been designed to allow people to travel between venues relatively quickly. A 30-mile section of the ORN will have a Games Lane, which will only be open to athletes, officials, some sponsors and media representatives covering the Olympics to travel around London more easily.
Peter Hendy, London's transport commissioner, said: “During the Games, London will be turned into a massive sporting and cultural venue. We have plans in place to get all athletes, officials and the world's media to their Games events on time and to keep London moving and open for business.
“Our advice to motorists is clear. From mid-July, avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues.”
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