London 2012: Team GB female beach volleyballers stop traffic near Big Ben and London Eye

Team GB’s female beach volleyball team stopped traffic this morning as they demonstrated how busy roads will be during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The team set up their net close to Big Ben and then the London Eye to help launch Transport for London’s (TfL) Temporary Road Changes planning tool.

The tool, on the Get Ahead of the Games website, will allow road users to see how the areas where they live, work and visit will be affected during the Games.

Currently people can access information about the Olympic and Paralympic Route Networks (ORN/PRN) and the Road Event routes in London. Information on traffic management around the routes and venues will be added in early June.

TfL is advising motorists to avoid central London and around the ORN and venues during the Games.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “TfL is doing everything we can to make sure people are aware of, and can comply with, the changes that will be made to London’s roads during the Games.

“Roads in central London and around venues will be exceptionally busy during the Games.

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“The Temporary Roads Changes tool that we’ve launched today means roads users can see where there will be changes to the road network, allowing them to plan ahead. Our advice is to avoid driving in central London and around the ORN and venues or, if journeys are absolutely essential, to plan ahead and allow extra time.”

Temporary traffic changes along the 109 mile ORN and smaller PRN have now been confirmed by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) with consent by the Secretary of State for Transport.

These changes, including banned turns into some side roads and where the 30 miles of Games lanes are located, have been included in the Temporary Road Changes planning tool.