Online tool to help industry keep moving during 2012 Games

Transport for London (TfL) has launched an online ‘Temporary Road Changes’ planning tool, enabling London’s chauffeurs to see how their journey’s will be affected during the London 2012 Games.

The new ‘Temporary Road Changes’ tool currently includes information about the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks (ORN/PRN) and the Road Event routes in London.  More information, including traffic management around the Road Events routes and venues, will be added to the site in early June.

Launching the planning tool, TfL reminded road users that, as it is turned into a massive sporting and cultural venue, roads in central London and around Games venues – the ‘hotspot’ locations –will be much busier than usual.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, Surface Transport, said: “TfL is doing everything we can to make sure people are aware of, and can comply with, the changes that will be made to London’s roads during the Games.

“Roads in central London and around venues will be exceptionally busy during the Games.  The ‘Temporary Roads Changes’ tool that we’ve launched means roads users can see where there will be changes to the road network, allowing them to plan ahead. Our advice is to avoid driving in central London and around the ORN and venues or, if journeys are absolutely essential, to plan ahead and allow extra time.”

Signage along the roads and public information campaigns both before and during the Games will ensure roads users have all the information they need to comply with the changes.

Parking or stopping on the ORN will be restricted and when Games lanes are in operation they will be for accredited vehicles only. A penalty charge of £130 will be issued to owners of vehicles who break these regulations during the Games and any illegally parked vehicle will be removed to a vehicle pound. The best way to avoid this however will be to know where and when restrictions on the ORN are in place and comply with them.

The ‘Temporary Road Changes’ tool is located on www.getaheadofthegames.com, which hosts all the information road and public transport users need about travelling in London and around other UK venues during the Games.

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