No Roadworks On Olympic Routes
The Highways Agency has announced that routine roadworks will be put on hold across key Olympic routes.
From now until 14 September, there will be no planned roadworks on Highways Agency roads which form part of the Olympic and alternative Route Network. Work to carry out essential maintenance will only be permitted at night, when traffic levels are lower.
However, all roadworks will have to be cleared before the next day when athletes, officials and visitors are making their way to Games venues.
The Agency’s Director of Network Delivery and Development, Derek Turner said: "We expect all roads around venues to be considerably busier. Visitors to the Games are strongly encouraged to use public transport to alleviate pressure on the roads.
"As part of our preparations, we have programmed our roadworks to be completed in time for the Games to make as many lanes available as possible – helping drivers who make part of their journey to a park and ride before travelling on to their venue by public transport.”
The completion of three major road schemes ahead of the Games and the early opening of another will also provide additional lane capacity – easing possible congestion. "
The schemes include:
* A31 Canford Bottom: the improvements to the junction in Dorset have been completed and will reduce journey times between London and Weymouth for the sailing events taking place; and
The Agency’s Traffic Management Director, Simon Sheldon-Wilson, said: "Highways Agency traffic officers and incident support units will be ready to deal with any incidents as quickly as possible. We will be positioning patrols at key locations to ensure a swift response.
"We will also have Highways Agency traffic officers operating on some non-motorway routes for the first time, for instance on the A31, the A35 between the M27 and Weymouth and on the A13 in Essex towards Hadleigh Farm.
"Every day of the Games will be different, so if you must drive, whether you are going to the Games or not, plan ahead and avoid peak times and allow more time for your journey. If at all possible, avoid driving in central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network and around venues during the Games."
Visit www.GetAheadoftheGames.com for information to help them plan their travel during the Games.