London drivers are facing the most confusing time whilst driving in London due to the designated Olympic lanes. Motorists travelling along Southampton Row in central London are facing three options and they are all illegal either driving in a bus lane or Olympic lane or on the wrong side of the road. Motorists caught in either the bus lane or Olympic lane during operational hours face a £130 fine.
The Olympic lanes are part of the Olympic Route Network which is a series of roads linking all competition venues and other key sites. The first of these lanes opened between Heathrow and London and have caused confusion on some of Britain's busiest commuter routes. It is hoped they will ensure that all athletes and officials get to events on time.
Restrictions on other Olympic lane routes known collectively as the Olympic Route Network are not scheduled to come into force until July 25, two days before the opening ceremony. Garrett Emmerson, a senior officer at the transport body, said “the only section of Games lane that is already operational in London is the M4 bus lane. Preparations for the ORN began at the beginning of the month, including painting the road markings for Games lanes, but we have always clearly stated that these lanes will not be operational until 25 July, a couple of days ahead of the Games. Variable message signs ahead of and along the A4 and across the ORN clearly state that the Games lanes are open to all road users. London’s roads are getting busier with Games traffic as athletes, officials and the media start to arrive for the Games and as the capital continues its transformation into a huge sporting and cultural venue. As we get closer to the Games roads will become exceptionally busy and our advice to motorists is clear, avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues but if a journey is absolutely essential be sure to plan ahead by visiting getaheadofthegames.com and allow extra time.”