Plans set out for London’s travel infrastructure during next year’s Olympic & Paralympic Games have led to fears of a hundred days of chaos for the capital’s motorists and other travellers.
Transport for London (TfL) who have initiated the plans are faced with a widespread outcry of the scale of their proposals which include 108 miles of routes classified as no-stopping zones for vehicles and only permitting deliveries in some areas between the hours of midnight and six o’clock in the morning.
The aim is to provide smooth running of the Games with undisturbed access for athletes, the media and other VIPs between various events over a total period of competing lasting around twenty eight days.
As part of this, Games lanes are also being created which are off limits to non-Olympics traffic, with penalty charge notice fines of up to £100 for those who are caught travelling on these routes without authorisation.
The Olympic Games will take place between 27th July and 12th August 2012 and the Paralympics will follow just over two weeks later, commencing on 29th August and finishing on the 9th September.
However, the logistics involved in organising the two events has meant that TfL has earmarked changes to be commenced well before the Olympic Games opening ceremony in late July and to continue until well after the closing ceremony of the Paralympics in early September.