Olympics week one: so far - so good on the roads?

Posted on: Friday, 3 August 2012 by Root Administrator

OlympicBy Natalie Chapman, Head of Policy - London

Here we are then, one week into the 2012 Olympic Games, and whilst the crowds of spectators, organisers and athletes have been flooding into the Olympic venues, the same, it seems, can’t be said about the routes around London.

Despite the four million extra visitors descending on London and the other Games venues across the 16-day sporting spectacle, the transport system seems to be running remarkable smoothly – so far.

Along with the excitement of medals won and lost, the reports of roads being quieter than normal has been dominating the news in this first week of the Olympics.

Prior to the Opening Ceremony there was speculation that the Games Lanes and Olympic Route Network would cause confusion and chaos for the capital's road users, but it would seem that for the majority they have actually had the opposite effect.

The busy streets of London have apparently emptied of traffic, with figures suggesting nearly one in five motorists has abandoned the roads. According to the Olympic organiser Locog: “The flow of vehicles has fallen by 17 per cent since the Games began as people turn to rail services to move around the packed capital.”

But what has been the impact on those delivering to the capital? Could it be that the years of planning and preparation that freight operators have put in place for the Games have paid off?

FTA would love to hear from its members - how have your journeys been getting in, out and around town?

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