London’s motorists caught their first glimpse of the Games Lanes for athletes and VIPs on Monday morning.
Work on marking out the lanes began on Sunday evening so they can be ready for the Olympic Games, while adjustments to traffic lights have also been made.
“Ordinary” drivers will be able to use the Olympic Rings-marked lanes in London up until Wednesday 25 July, two days before the opening ceremony is due to take place, when guests are expected to start arriving in droves.
The lanes form part of the 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) which links Games venues, while there will be 30 miles of Games Lanes in the capital.
The Games Lanes and the ORN will be enforced from 6am to midnight from 25 July.
Motorists who fall foul of the lanes will receive a penalty charge of £130, while illegally parked vehicles will be taken to a vehicle pound and could incur a release fee of £200.
The Games Lanes will end on 12 August , two days after the Olympics draws to a close. They will not run between the Olympics and Paralympics. A smaller route will be in place shortly before the Paralympics start on 29 August .
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “Following the unveiling of the Olympic Rings on Tower Bridge, the Rings on London’s roads really bring home how London has begun its transformation into a massive sporting and cultural venue.
“The ORN is a requirement of all host cities and is vital in ensuring athletes, officials and the world’s media get to their events on time.
“My team slashed its length by one third of what had been planned and we’re working hard to introduce changes to the road network as late as possible, to minimise the impact on Londoners and businesses.
“But with the Games less than one month away, we’re into the home straight and are working flat out to ensure we are ready to welcome the world.”
Neil Graham, managing director of London company The Hireman, said: “The Olympic Route Network is quite clearly signposted on all the documentation that Transport for London has on its website.
“We have also attended a few conferences on this that have been helpful.
“But there are unknowns which they have not clarified, such as the exact extent of road closures when the Olympic Torch is moving through London. They will try and keep roads as open as possible, but they have not been totally clear.”
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