100 Miles of London Roads Handed to Olympic Officials


Traffic lights to be fixed to get 2012 VIPs around town

100 Miles of London Roads Handed to Olympic Officials

MORE THAN 100 miles of London roads will be turned into VIP lanes for Olympic bigwigs during the 2012 Games, the government announced today.

That works out as 2.5% or 1 in 40 of London's roads.

The majority of roads commandeered by the Olympics will be those running from central London to the area around the main stadium in Stratford, east London. Other routes include roads to Wembley stadium, Lord's cricket ground and Greenwich, which are also to hold events.

Dubbed the Olympic Route Network, these streets will have all roadworks suspended and traffic lights adjusted to make journey times as speedy as possible. The VIP road measures are budgeted to cost £25M.

"Experience in other host cities shows how vital this network is," said Transport Minister Theresa Villiers.

Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 2010-07-31 15:34.

So only 2.5% of the roads will closed for the London Olympics, right? What they don't mention is that one of those "roads" will be the Blackwall Tunnel. Anyone who uses the tunnel will know what kind of chaos this is likely to result in.

Submitted by The Old Dear on Thu, 2010-07-29 12:04.

It is a shame that the people of London aren't worth having their journey's to and fro sorted out like this. You know when something is about to change - the traffic light phase alters to permit one or two vehicles over while the other side is free running - no vehicles at all.

Why can they not sort it out all over London for Londoners?

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