The Paralympic Route Network (PRN) comes into operation today, but will be much smaller than the Olympic Route Network (ORN).
Again, it will be focused on the City of London, where the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and world’s media will be based and venues in the east of London.
The PRN in London has just 8.7 miles of Games Lanes and, as was the case during the Olympics, these will be operated flexibly and opened to general traffic if demand from Paralympic vehicles is low.
There is a separate Games Lane on the M4, also part of the PRN and operated by the Highways Agency, which is already in operation. For more information about the PRN outside London, visit GetAheadoftheGames.com.
During the Paralympic Games, motorists are urged to avoid driving around the PRN routes and venues, particularly around the Olympic Park in Stratford and on the A102 approach roads north and south of the Blackwall Tunnel.
The A2, A12 and A13 routes into London are also expected to be busier than usual, particularly in the morning peak. If driving is the only option, please plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
A large number of spectators are also expected to watch the Paralympic Torch Relay today as it passes through a number of London boroughs before ending its journey at the Olympic Park for the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
The Paralympic Torch Relay will be like a moving venue across London and there will be temporary restrictions on roads that form part of the route. Certain locations along the route will be busy with crowds, especially when the Torch reaches central London.
The Paralympic Opening Ceremony will take place in the Olympic Park this evening. The Jubilee Line, District Line, Central Line and DLR will be busier than usual in the evening.
A live site for 10,000 people will open today in Trafalgar Square from 11am, meaning nearby stations are expected to be busier than usual.