Transport for London (TfL) has announced changes to the Olympic Route Network from Friday 3 August.
The pedestrian crossings at Lower Thames Street, Southwark Bridge and Old Billingsgate Market will be reintroduced. The zebra crossing on Seymour Street will also be reinstated. The other changes are:
- Taxis will now be able to turn left and right onto Westminster bridge from Waterloo.
- The left turn for general traffic from Marble Arch to Great Cumberland Place will be reintroduced.
- The left turn from Vernon Place onto A4200 Southampton Row will be reintroduced.
Driving in the Games lanes or ignoring restrictions would net motorists a £130 fine, much to the annoyance of black taxi drivers who have been demonstrating against their exclusion from the lanes.
The widely-predicted carmageddon of the roads doesn't appear to have happened so far. Dare we say it, but although the main routes in have been busy, a lot of people seem to have taken to heart TfL and Boris Johnson's advice to keep away or use public transport. The Games lanes have also been suspended when they haven't been needed, allowing other traffic to use them.
TfL’s managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said:
“We remain committed to keeping disruption to an absolute minimum and we continue to review and amend traffic restrictions whenever possible – to reduce the impact on road users. More alterations will follow as venues cease operation, and we’ll continue to keep Londoners and businesses, including freight, taxi and private hire drivers informed.”
Have you been using London's roads during the Olympics? Tell us in the comments where you've been held up.
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