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Plan ahead as Olympic traffic disruption continues

Following Team GB’s phenomenal medal success at the weekend, today sees yet another packed day of Olympic events, meaning areas around the Olympic Park and other Games venues will be very busy again.

Away from the Olympic Park, the quarter-final sessions of the Men’s Beach Volleyball at Horse Guards Parade will mean that central London will be busy, including Westminster and Embankment stations throughout most of today.

The Jubilee line will be very busy, particularly this evening from 16:00 to 20:00, as events are taking place at Wembley, North Greenwich Arena, Excel and the Olympic Park.

Baker Street, King’s Cross and Green Park stations are expected to be very busy with spectators going to and from Wembley Stadium, where the Women’s Football semi-final match between France and Japan will be taking place. Where possible avoid these stations, particularly during morning and evening peak times.

London’s Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said: “During the first week of Olympic competition we saw record numbers of people using London’s public transport system.

“On Friday 3 August, 4.4 million people travelled on the Tube, with record numbers of people also travelling on the DLR, London Overground and using Barclays Cycle Hire last week. With events continuing across the capital, we’re expecting another busy week in London, so you should plan ahead to avoid the busiest places and times.”

Around 4.4 million people travelled on the Tube on Friday 3 August – compared to the 3.6 million normally carried at this time of year – and on the same day Docklands Light Rail carried more than half a million passengers for the first time in its history.

London Overground passenger numbers were up by 27% week on week, Emirates Air Line saw record passenger numbers of 24,451 on Saturday and Barclays Cycle Hire recorded a million hires in July for the first time.

There has also been a significant increase in the number of passengers using Tube stations in the West End, with an increase of 27% on Saturday night.

The ORN to Wimbledon will no longer be in operation tomorrow, as all tennis competitions at the Lawn Tennis venue conclude.

Motorists are being advised to avoid driving into central London, on or around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and near venues.

Check the electronic roadside message signs which will clearly state if the Games Lanes are open to general traffic or reserved for Games vehicles. If you have to drive, plan ahead, consider re-timing your journey and allow more time.

Before travelling, check out live travel updates at www.tfl.gov.uk or by following @TfLTravelAlerts (Tube, DLR and London Overground), @TfLTrafficNews (roads) or @tflbusalerts (bus).

For full information on avoiding roads and public transport hotspots, check out GetAheadoftheGames.com – including detailed Daily Bulletins – and follow @GAOTG on Twitter.


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