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London 2012 road network plan published

A new information document detailing how London’s road network will operate during the Olympic Games in 2012 was published yesterday.

The Olympic Route Network and Paralympic Route Network (ORN/PRN) involves designating 2.5% of London’s roads so they will be roadwork free and subject to measures such as traffic signal timing changes. Most roads on the ORN will remain fully open for general traffic.

Ahead of further consultation, the document also sets out the location and extent of temporary Games Lanes. Recent Games including Beijing, Athens and Sydney have all used a system of temporary Games Lanes. They will only operate on the busiest parts of the ORN and under 1% of London’s roads will have a Games Lane.

The ORN/PRN will ensure that athletes get to their events on time along with the judges, referees and other officials who are needed for the Games. Users of the ORN are:

* 18,000 athletes and team officials during the Olympic Games (6,000 during the Paralympic Games)
* 5,000 technical officials including judges, referees and umpires
* 6,000 members of the Olympic and Paralympic families
* 20,000 broadcast media and 8,000 journalists and photographers from across the world
* 25,000 marketing partners whose funding and support is essential to the running of the Games

The total number using the ORN during the Games is 82,000.

There has already been extensive consultation on the ORN/PRN following the designation of the route and there will be further opportunities for those affected to have their say when local consultation continues later this year. The total core and venue specific ORN is 168km in London and 276km outside of London. The total lane length of the temporary Games Lanes is 97km (based on both directions).

Other measures on the ORN apart from lanes will include side road closures, banned turns, changes to traffic lights and pedestrian crossings, adjustments to bus and coach stops and the temporary suspension of bus stops.

The ODA will start consulting on the detailed Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) that are required to support the

London mayor Boris Johnson said: “The capital will be in the spotlight and temporary measures such as the Olympic Route Network will play a crucial role. But their contribution must also be weighed against a phenomenal investment in new transport infrastructure.

“Improvements like those happening at Stratford regional station, the doubling in capacity of the Docklands Light Railway, the superb new East London Line and the new Kings Cross ticket hall are already delivering an early legacy of improvements for Londoners.”

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