Driving to London during the Olympics

London Driving and Roads During the Olympics

We have just received the following contact from Transport for London and I thought it might be useful so here it is.

Of course if you are coming to London on one of our London Theatre Breaks by train then you don’t need to worry about driving to London!

I am writing to advise you that during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London will be turned into a massive sporting and cultural venue.

With tens of thousands of Olympic athletes, officials and media and millions of visitors and spectators here, this means that roads in central London, around venues and on and around the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks (the ‘ORN’ and ‘PRN’) will be much busier than usual from mid July.

Our advice is to avoid driving in central London, around venues and on or around the ORN and PRN. If driving in these areas is absolutely essential, you should plan ahead and allow extra time.

Temporary traffic changes will be in place along the ORN and PRN. Games Lanes will be in operation on parts of the ORN and PRN at certain times; these are for the use of Games vehicles only. If you drive in the Games Lanes, park, load or stop on the ORN or PRN, your vehicle may be removed and you risk a fine of £130.

To help you see how your routes will be affected, we have launched a new online ‘Temporary Road Changes’ tool.

So if you want to plan ahead – and for any trip to London part of the fun is in the planning – do visit http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/london-driving-and-roads.html

Also there is a handy guide for general transport issues round theatreland over the summer – that is in pdf format here

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there will be a number of sporting events held across London’s road network.

The dates of these are 28, 29 and 31 July; 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 11 and 12 August and 9 September.

Roads will be closed along the routes at certain times and places. Many buses will also be affected; full details will be available in July on the TfL website and at affected bus stops. The following events in particular will result in significant travel disruption:

•Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July - Men’s and Women’s Cycling Road Races (central London to Box Hill, Surrey via Fulham, Putney, Richmond, Hampton Court, Weybridge, Woking, Dorking, Leatherhead, Esher and Kingston)

•Thursday 2, Saturday 4 and Tuesday 7 August - Triathlon Technical Rehearsal, Women’s Triathlon and Men’s Triathlon (Hyde Park Corner area)

•Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 August and Sunday 9 September - Women’s Marathon, Men’s Olympic Marathon and Paralympic Marathons (Westminster to City of London)

We urge motorists not to be caught out by these events and to avoid driving in these areas.

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