London drivers have been told not to enter central London from mid-July as the capital’s transport and Olympics chiefs seek to clear the roads in favour of the Olympic Games.
Instead drivers are being urged to take public transport, potentially increasing the numbers trying to board crowded rush-hour Tubes, buses and trains.
A number of bus routes are being diverted to accommodate the Games.
Alterations will also be made to roads, including the reversal of traffic flow at Kingsway Tunnel, as part of the Olympic Route Network – a network 109 miles of roads connecting Games venues and key locations which comes into effect on July 25th.
As part of the ORN pedestrian crossings will be removed and parking & loading bays will be suspended.
TfL has also confirmed that the M4 bus lane will be reinstated for the Games for the benefit of games officials and athletes.
London’s Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy said: “During the Games, London will be turned into a massive sporting and cultural venue. We have plans in place to get all athletes, officials and the world’s media to their Games events on time and to keep London moving and open for business.
“From-mid July, central London and areas around Games venues will be much busier than usual. The ORN, which is part of the Host City contract for the Games, will be a vital part of managing the busy roads and delivering a great Games. It will come into operation on the 25 July, a couple of days before the Opening Ceremony.
“Our advice to motorists is clear. From mid-July, avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues. If you must drive, plan your journey using www.getaheadofthegames.com.”