London 2012: Paralympic Route Network to come into force
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 August 2012
The Paralympic Route Network (PRN) begins operation tomorrow, and motorists are being advised to avoid driving on it where possible.
Transport for London (TfL) starts implementing the route from 6am on Wednesday, and it will be in operation until September 10, the day after the Paralympic Games finish.
The PRN is focused on the east of London and aims to ensure a smooth flow of traffic between venues for the Games. Measures along the PRN include the suspension of some turns, bus lanes and loading bays as well as changes to traffic lights, and restrictions on stopping in the route.
Along the 36 mile long PRN are 8.7 miles of Games Lanes, which are reserved for the sole use of the Games family - athletes, officials and the media - during their hours of operation.
Variable Message Signs (VMS) along the PRN will tell drivers when they can use Games Lanes.
Motorists are advised not to drive in central London tomorrow, as the Paralympic Torch relay is taking place, and to avoid driving around the PRN routes and Games’ venues, particularly around the Olympic Park in Stratford and on the A102 approach roads north and south of the Blackwall Tunnel, during the Games.
London’s Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: “London is about to host the world’s second largest sporting event, and Paralympic records have already been broken for the number of tickets sold to spectators.
“While the Paralympics are smaller than the Olympics, they will present their own set of challenges. London’s children will begin a new school year in the second week – and their parents will return to work – and larger groups are expected to travel together on the public transport network.
“The ORN played a vital role in the success of the Olympics, getting all athletes, officials and the world’s media to their Games events on time and to keep London moving, and now we need the PRN to do the same job.
“We have always had twin objectives for the Games of ensuring that everyone gets to their Games events on time as well as keeping London moving and open for business – this is what we’ll continue to deliver.”