London 2012: Olympic Route Network now in place until 14 August

The Olympic Route Network (ORN) has gone live today (25 July) and will remain in place until 14 August.

Between the hours of 6am and midnight there is no stopping or loading along the entire 109-mile length of the ORN in London, and some routes, including Whitehall, Birdcage Walk and Constitution Hill, are closed to general traffic.

Transport for London (TfL) is keen to point out that the ORN is open to all traffic – it is just the dedicated Games Lanes within the ORN that are for Games vehicles only.

However, the ORN Games Lanes will operate flexibly and will remain open to general traffic if the number of vehicles carrying athletes, officials and the world’s media are low, and journey time reliability targets are being met. Drivers should check the roadside electronic variable message signs which will clearly state whether the Games Lanes are being enforced or not using one of the following two messages:

  • Games Lanes OPEN to general traffic: “All traffic use Games Lane”
  • Games Lanes CLOSED to general traffic: “Games Lane now Games Vehicles only”

Physical changes to the road network have been carried out to London’s road network and the ORN, including changes to junctions and banned turns. As a result, journey times on key routes into and around central London, the ORN and Games venues will take longer then usual.

The A2, A3, A12, A13 and A40 will continue to be exceptionally busy, particularly in the morning rush hour, warns TfL.

Operators are advised to stay informed by registering for TfL’s twice daily email travel bulletins. Send your details to freight@tfl.gov.uk to register.