Jul 4 2012 By Ian Proctor
Road markings needed to designate the fast-track lanes for officials, athletes and the media during the Olympics have begun to be painted.
Workers started on Sunday, using the Olympic Rings symbol to signify the Games Lanes that form part of the Olympic Route Network (ORN), which comes into force from July 25.
All the work will take place overnight and will not require road closures because the small areas being worked on will be cordoned off for a short time with traffic directed around them.
In Brent, part of the North Circular, as well as Drury Way, Great Central Way, First Way, Fourth Way, Fifth Way, South Way and Engineers Way are part of the 109-mile-long ORN and some sections will have Games Lanes.
On approach to the Wembley Arena, which hosts badminton and rhythmic gymnastics, and Wembley Stadium, where matches in the football competitions will be played, there will be kerbside parking and stopping restrictions, while the western half of South Way is to feature a reversal of traffic flow.
The Games Lanes will operate alongside lanes for general traffic and will be reserved for the use of the athletes, officials and media during their hours of operation, which are generally 6am to midnight during the Games.
Harrow has no road closures or streets covered by the Olympic Route Network.
Garrett Emmerson, Transport for London’s chief operating officer for surface transport, said: “The Olympic road markings are being painted and signs are going up, but these will not change the way the roads operate until the ORN becomes operational on July 25.
“However, London’s roads will become a lot busier from mid-July and our advice to motorists is clear – avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues from mid-July. If a journey by road is absolutely essential, be sure to plan ahead and allow extra time.”
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