Olympic traffic hotspots released

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A list of hotspots have been published by Olympic organisers so that visitors, businesses and Londoners avoid them during the 2012 Olympics.

A few weeks ago issues were raised with how London traffic will cope during the Games next year.

The hotspots are Wembley Arena, Lords Cricket-Ground, Earl’s Court, Wimbledon, Horse Guards Parade, North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich Park, ExCel and Royal Artillery Barracks.

Measures have been put into place to ease congestion such as a Games lane which is a 109-mile stretch of London roads which will only be accessible for athletes, officials, sponsors, media and emergency vehicles.

Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy revealed their needs to be a 60% reduction in normal traffic to avoid any severe congestion.

Organisers have predicted two-thirds of tube journeys would be busier than normal with some stations having up to 30 minutes delay at peak times before passengers can board the train.

On the busiest days of the Games commuters could be faced with more than the 30 minute delay time at stations such as Canary Warf, Bond Street and Bank.

Transport of London is doing everything they can to minimise the amount of congestion there will be during the Games.

On their website there is an online calculator where commuters can calculate how long extra they will have to leave before starting their journey during the Olympics.

Mark Evers director of Game Transport from Transport of London said: “As we have got more information about exactly what the Games is going to look like next year we have been able to improve our modelling to understand exactly where it is going to be busy on the transport network and where it isn’t.

“As a result of that, we now have the information and are now sharing it with businesses so they can plan ahead.”

Transport of London have also given advise to road users during the Games, an example is to avoid driving into or within the affected areas if possible and they have also said to passengers travelling by tube to get off a stop earlier and walk the last leg of the journey.

Along with congestion during the Olympics a high volume of traffic is expected the day after the Games when all athletes and officials head to London airports.

Our article Olympic Transport written last month revealed the effects of the transport issues in London during the Games.

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