London 2012: Work begins on Olympic Route Network
PUBLISHED: 13:54 30 June 2012
Transport for London (TfL) will start introducing line markings showing the Olympic Route Network this weekend.
Starting overnight on Sunday TfL will begin painting the white lines and the Olympic Rings that will mark out the 30 miles of Games Lanes, which are part of the network, known as the ORN.
The ORN is a 109-mile route through London connecting the venues of the London 2012 Games, and is open to the general public. Games Lanes will operate alongside lanes for general traffic and will be reserved for the use of the Games Family, which includes athletes, officials and media.
The Games Lanes will be in operation generally from 6am to midnight during the Games.
Marking of the Games Lanes will take place overnight and will not require road closures. The areas being worked on will be cordoned off and traffic directed around them.
The ORN comes into force on July 25.
Originally the ORN was 149 miles long, but its length was reduced.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Following the unveiling of the Olympic Rings on Tower Bridge, the Rings on London’s roads really bring home how London has begun its transformation into a massive sporting and cultural venue.
“The Olympic Route Network is a requirement of all Host Cities and is vital in ensuring athletes, officials and the world’s media get to their events on time.
“My team slashed its length by one third of what had been planned and we’re working hard to introduce changes to the road network as late as possible, to minimise the impact on Londoners and businesses.
“But with the Games less than one month away, we’re into the home straight and are working flat out to ensure we are ready to welcome the world.”
Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer, surface transport, said: “The Olympic road markings are being painted and signs are going up, but these will not change the way the roads operate until the ORN becomes operational on 25 July.
“However, London’s roads will become a lot busier from mid-July and our advice to motorists is clear – avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues from mid-July. If a journey by road is absolutely essential, be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time.”
A penalty charge of £130 will be issued to owners of vehicles who break the regulations of the ORN, including driving in Games Lanes or stopping along the route.
Any illegally parked vehicle will be removed to a vehicle pound and may incur a release fee of £200.
Adjustments will also start being made to more than 1,300 sets of traffic signals from overnight from Sunday and a complete ban on all planned road works on A and B roads has already been put in place.
The major physical preparatory works on the ORN, including installation of barriers to simplify junctions, will be carried out overnight from 20 July to 23 July.
To help motorists learn more about the ORN and how Games lanes will operate, TfL will release a new two-minute film on GetAheadoftheGames.com on Sunday.