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
- 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