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Olympic Route Network to start operation on 25 July

  • 19 June 2012
  • By Chris Druce

The Olympic Route Network (ORN) will start operating on 25 July two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, according to Transport for London (TfL).

The 109-mile network of roads will ensure athletes, officials and dignitaries make it, via 30 miles of exclusive Games Lanes, to their events on time.

The main ORN will be accessible by freight operators but, along with surrounding roads just off the network, it is expected to experience increased knock-on congestion.

TfL will be carrying out the major physical changes to the capital’s roads, including adjustments to more than 1,300 traffic signals, signage and barriers, at night from mid July. However, road markings will start to be put down from the start of next month (although they will not be in force).

London transport commissioner Peter Hendy says: “From mid July, central London and areas around Games venues will be much busier than usual.

“Our advice to motorists is clear. From mid-July, avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues.”

The ORN will not be in force between the end of the Olympics and the start of the Paralympics (5 September).

A guide to road hotspots can be found at Get Ahead of the Games. TfL has just released its Olympic Freight Journey Planner to help operators navigate road restrictions this summer.

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