London 2012: Final information for driving during the Olympics

Motorists are being reminded to avoid driving in central London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The reminder came from Transport for London (TfL), which today released the final update to its temporary road changes planning tool.

This tool, at the Get Ahead of the Games website, gives drivers and pedestrians information needed to plan journeys taking place during the London 2012 Games.

Among the latest information to be added is details on the road events which take place on seven days during the Olympics and on one day during the Paralympics, and how these road events will affect traffic in the area.

The tool also now includes plans for local parking and the management of traffic around venues.

The temporary road changes planning tool has been used 88,000 times since it was launched last month.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, said: “We want to make sure that road users are not caught out and plan ahead for the significant changes that the Games will bring to London’s road network.

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“The details we’ve now added to the temporary road changes planning tool include local parking and how traffic will be managed around venues and on road event competition days.

“This means road users can now fully plan their journeys by simply putting in a postcode and seeing exactly where and when surrounding areas will be affected.

“Roads will be exceptionally busy from mid -July and our advice is clear – avoid driving in central London and around the ORN and venues.

“If a journey is absolutely essential, plan ahead and allow extra time.”

Paul Deighton, CEO of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), said: “The building work and final planning is well advanced in London now and central London is being transformed into a major sporting venue and the areas around the Olympic Park and other venues may soon have different parking or traffic arrangements.

“We have worked closely with TfL and local authorities to keep disruption to a minimum and there is a huge amount of information out there so people can start planning now for what we hope will be a spectacular summer.”