Search

London 2012: Work begins on Olympic Route Network

13:54 30 June 2012

Signs will be along the Olympic Route Network (ORN) to let drivers know about the lanes.

Signs will be along the Olympic Route Network (ORN) to let drivers know about the lanes.

Archant

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.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 15:32
Collins' Music Hall in Islington Green... now Waterstone's bookshop. Picture: Nick Charlesworth

We all love Sadler’s Wells. But did you know Islington used to boast many others on the same scale? James Morris finds our borough has an extraordinary theatre heritage.

Yesterday, 12:42
Former London Metropolitan University building Ladbroke House in Islington

Mystery surrounds controversial plans for a new secondary free school in Highbury.

Yesterday, 12:10
Boris Johnson outside his home in Islington earlier this year. Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Over 300 anarchists are expected to march on Boris Johnson’s central Islington home next Friday night.

Yesterday, 08:05
The Angel Comedy Club gang - Dec Munro, Sarah Pearce, Rachel Warnes and Barry Ferns

What do you get if you cross a comedy club’s pleas for funding with 1,000 passionate supporters? £46,000 and a new pub.

Tue, 17:51
Mayor of Islington Cllr Kat Fletcher at Go Islington in Highbury Fields on Saturday. Picture: Steve Bainbridge

In recent months, Highbury Fields has mainly been associated with the almighty row over disposable barbecues. But the tensions – and smoke – briefly evaporated on Saturday afternoon when Go Islington, the council’s huge annual sports day, returned.

Tue, 15:00
Tracey and Angel complete their skydive (Picture: Tracey Palmer)

If you glanced upwards over Reading on Sunday, you might have spotted brave Whittington worker Tracey Palmer plummeting through the clouds.

Tue, 13:50
Lord Glasman praised Shomrim's work (Picture: Mike Brooke)

An “irate” Labour peer stormed out of court to meet the governor of the Bank of England after being made to wait for almost two hours to give evidence.

Tue, 13:09
Islington Council leader Richard Watts outside Finsbury Library in January

Computers will be given greater focus in Islington’s 10 libraries, the council leader has said.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now