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Driving in London

Olympic Route Network

  • For those who plan on driving to venues in London or even just getting around London by car, it is important to be aware of the Olympic Route Network.
  • Essentially, it is a network of roads linking all Games venues and key non-competition sites, for example Heathrow Airport.
  • The majority of roads where the Olympic Route Network is in operation will be open to all road users.
  • However, to keep the routes clear for the Olympic Games personnel and to keep traffic moving, there will be temporary changes to the roads along the route.

Traffic Control - The Game Lanes Olympic Network

  • Games Lanes will be reserved for accredited Games vehicles and on-call emergency services only.
  • They will be used on one-third of the Olympic Route Network in London, where stretches of the road have more than one lane in each direction.
  • Game Lanes will be clearly signposted and operational for specific times each day.
  • Most lanes will operate between 6am and midnight everyday but this will vary in some cases so motorists are urged to check the times of operation on the roadside signs.
  • Game lanes will generally be located on the far right lane to minimise disruption and general traffic will still be able use the adjacent lane(s) as normal.
  • Although Games Lanes will often be very busy with Games traffic, they will be opened up to all traffic when they are less busy.
  • A network of 150 electronic signs along Olympic Route Network will advise motorists when the lanes are open to general traffic.
  • If you drive in one of these Games Lanes during operational hours you will receive a Penalty Charge Notice of £130.

London Congestion Charge

  • The central London congestion charge will still be in force during the Games.
  • The Congestion Charge is in operation Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm excluding bank and public holidays.
  • For a map of the charging zone or to pay the £10 daily charge visit the TFL website.

How the Congestion Charge Works?

  • Tickets or passes are not required to enter the zone, and there are no tollbooths or barriers.
  • Cameras at entrances, exits and around the zone read your number plate.
  • This is checked against a database to work out whether you've paid already.
  • If a match is not found, a Penalty Charge Notice is sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
  • Motorists only need to pay once no matter how many times you drive in and out of the charging zone on the same day.
  • Motorists can pay in advance or on the day of travel. If you don't pay by midnight on the charging day after you drove in the zone, you'll get a Penalty Charge Notice.

Price Breakdown of London Congestion Charge

  • On the Day = £10
  • Following Day = £12
  • Within 14 days = £60
  • Within 28 days = £120

How can you pay London Congestion Charge?

The fee can be paid in the following ways

  • Shop
  • Online
  • Post
  • CC Auto Pay if already registered.

Full details on payment methods, payment procedure and further information is available here http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/congestioncharging/default.aspx Fuel Prices

The UK has the tenth highest petrol price in Europe and the second highest diesel price.

The following prices are valid as of July 2012

  • Petrol - £1.33 per litre - €1.70
  • Diesel - £1.39 per litre - €1.77

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