With the start of the London Games just seven days away, the IAM has issued advice to motorists braving London over the next few weeks.
The Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Paralympic Route Network (PRN) are the networks of roads that link to Games venues. Within these networks, temporary changes such as Games Lanes are in place.
Games Lanes are marked with the five interlocking Olympic rings and are reserved for the sole use of official Games vehicles and on-call emergency services:
- The Lanes will be in use at certain times each day. Most Lanes will be in operation between 6am and midnight, but check sign posts for more information.
- Keep an eye on the electronic signs along the routes, which give road users vital information on when and where they may use the Lanes.
- Don’t drive, ride or park in the Games Lanes. You risk a £130 fine if you use them during operational hours.
- You won’t be able to cross Games Lanes. Every turn will have a signed diversion route. Only licensed taxis, buses and Games buses have permission to turn right across the Lanes.
IAM head of road safety Kevin Delaney said: “The problem with the Games Lanes is that London's road network runs at, or very close to, capacity almost all day, almost every day of the year.
“Surrounding routes will be much busier than usual so avoid driving if possible. If leaving the car at home isn’t an option, leave plenty of time for your journey, and follow the instructions given on the signs.”