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TfL sets out London 2012 Games road event plans

14/03/2012

TfL press release.

  • Information on impact of road events provided to residents and businesses from this week, to enable people to plan and get ahead of the Games
  • Includes information on temporary road closures and parking restrictions
  • Road closure timings published for first time

Residents and businesses along the routes of the London 2012 Games’ road cycling, triathlon, marathon and race walking events will, from this week, receive detailed information on how they will be affected and can plan to get ahead of the Games.

The London 2012 Games road events will take place on routes passing through Westminster, City of London, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kingston upon Thames, Wandsworth and Richmond upon Thames – as well as Surrey – and, as a result, the local areas will be much busier than usual.  Details of how and when the events will impact on the road network in these areas is being provided through a campaign of letter drops, road shows and publicity, delivered by Transport for London (TfL) in partnership with London 2012 and London boroughs on road event routes.

Road events in London will take place on seven of the 16 days of the Olympic Games and on one day of the Paralympic Games.  To ensure the safety of athletes and spectators, road races need to take place on secure roads and closures and parking restrictions will need to be put in place on the days of the competitions. These will be managed to keep disruption to a minimum and all roads will be opened safely as quickly as possible after the events have finished.  After the events, barriers will need to be removed, road signs, traffic lights and islands reinstated, roads thoroughly cleaned and crowds dispersed before roads can be re-opened safely. 

The majority of road events will be held at weekends and some competitions will only take place for a few hours beginning in the morning.  Where possible, roads will be reopened and restrictions lifted by the late afternoon or early evening.  No roads will be closed overnight apart from the roads needed to build the Cycle Time Trial venue at Hampton Court Palace.

Residents and spectators are urged to plan ahead to avoid disruption to their journeys and can go to www.getaheadofthegames.com , where details and advice on routes – for roads and all public transport – will continue to be updated with more information added from now and throughout the Games. Drivers are advised to avoid the areas on competition days, but if journeys are absolutely necessary they should use all of the information provided by TfL to plan their route carefully and leave additional time for journeys. Spectators wishing to view the events are advised to travel by public transport, walking or cycling.

Many of the road events will be located on roads that make up part of the Olympic Route Network (ORN), which links key venues to ensure the Games family get to events on time, while also keeping London moving. While events are taking place on sections of the ORN an alternative route will be used by Games family vehicles.

The ORN used on road event days will have minimal traffic measures in place; longer parking and stopping restrictions will apply when the route is in operation and some parking and loading bays will be suspended.  Along only one section, the Euston Road, City Road and Commercial Street, some bus stops and pedestrian crossings will be suspended, with some banned right turns on event days. Games family traffic will not have designated Games lanes on this alternative route but will share existing bus lanes along two of the sections of route.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s MD Surface Transport said: “The world’s top athletes will be competing on London’s streets this summer.  We need to ensure their safety, that of the spectators, and provide the best possible field of play. We’re working closely with London 2012 and boroughs to ensure all affected residents and businesses are informed of where and when roads will be closed or impacted on event days.

“Areas around road events will obviously be busier than usual.  Drivers are urged to avoid these travel hotspot areas if at all possible, or if journeys are absolutely essential to plan ahead and allow more time.  For the latest travel tips, information and advice, check out www.getaheadofthegames.com.”

Paul Deighton, Chief Executive of London 2012 said: “The road events are a fantastic element of Olympic sports competition, allowing many people to see world class sport in London and surrounding areas. For those who live and work in London planning for these events is essential. Working closely with TfL we are informing about road closures in good time, with five months until the Games in this case, to ensure there is ample time to plan.”

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