LOCOG Publish Traffic Management & Parking Plans for London 2012
By Community | March 7, 2012
The London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has today published proposals for traffic management and parking plans around all Olympic and Paralympic venues in London.
The plans are designed to ensure local residents and business access and parking is protected, ampoule while access to venues is as efficient as possible.
LOCOG is working with all the local authorities around its competition venues to engage with local residents and businesses, find before these plans are confirmed by the end of April ahead of the Games this summer.
Proposed plans would see a number of traffic alterations and parking restrictions in the vicinity of venues. This would see a range of measures which would include some road closures or restricted access and controlled parking zones when events are on.
The measures will ensure spectators, look athletes and officials gain safe and swift access to venues, whilst providing residents and businesses near to venues peace of mind that they can continue their day to day lives with the minimum of disruption. Free parking permits will be issued to residents where restrictions are needed, with extra passes available for visitors and carers. Local businesses will be issued with clear guidelines to outline arrangements with regards to deliveries and visitors.
The provision of this information, alongside the information published by Transport for London (TfL), will enable businesses to finalise their detailed planning to ensure they can make the most of the Games.
Transport for London (TfL) today also confirmed that it had entered the final stages of implementing the Olympic Route Network (ORN). For the last 12 twelve months, Londoners have been consulted on the measures required on the ORN and TfL has published a wealth of information including detailed maps.
TfL is now ready to make the Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) on the 109 mile network, which covers just one percent of London’s roads. The TROs enable TfL to implement the on street measures required to operate the ORN and all TROs are due to be made by spring.
TfL, and LOCOG, are committed to keeping London moving throughout the Games. To help achieve this TfL has also confirmed that the Games lanes, which will be in place on just a third (30 miles) of the ORN, will operate flexibly at Games time and opened up to all traffic at times when demand from Games family vehicles is low and capacity available. A network of 150 Variable Message Signs (VMS) along the route will advise motorists when the Games lanes are open to regular traffic throughout the day.
LOCOG CEO Paul Deighton commented: “We are finalizing our plans around venues and we are working closely with TfL and the local authorities around each venue to do this. We have to ensure that spectators can get from transport links to venues safely, whilst providing a reliable and secure transport service to get athletes, officials and media into venues.
“We want to do this in way that also takes into account the people who live and work near those places and minimize disruption to them. We don’t want spectators driving to venues and parking on residential streets, we want them to take public transport. Equally we want local businesses to thrive this summer and we are determined that London will be open for business during the Games.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport, TfL, added: “At TfL we have two objectives, to support a great London 2012 Games and to keep London moving. We’re working closely with LOCOG and other key partners to finalize traffic and parking plans and communicate these to all Londoners in the areas affected. The full picture of how the road network will operate in Games time is coming together; the plans published by LOCOG today complement all of the detail we have been sharing over the last twelve months giving Londoners all the information they need to plan their road journeys.
“It will, of course, be very busy during the Games and our advice to road users is to avoid the traffic hotspots if possible or if journeys are essential, plan ahead and allow more time. However, our plans to operate the Games lanes flexibly will mean we will open them up to all traffic when demand from Games vehicles is low. 150 Variable Message Signs will be used to inform road users when the Games Lanes are open to all traffic, meaning we can manage the whole road network as efficiently as possible.”
LOCOG is working with each individual local authority around venues on these plans and they are due to be confirmed by the end of April. The measures will come into place just before the Games begin and will run around the competition schedule. Enforcement will be the responsibility of the relevant local authority.