Living in an Olympic City – Part 8 – Transport Changes

Arrival of President of International Olympic Committee

The Daily Mail reports the arrival of Jacques Rogge at Heathrow and, complete with Police outriders, he gets to use one of the temporary Olympic lanes.

Also interesting to note that Mr. Rogge is now also able to make decisions around prosecutions as they relate to Olmypic matters. BBC’s take is here.

Jacques Rogge said individual cases would not be pursued with police.

But he told the media: “We have to protect the sponsors because otherwise there is no sponsorship and without sponsorship there are no Games.”

Olympic Route Network starts 25 July

By Wednesday of this week the ORN (Olympic Route Network) will be operational, with fine for motorists (and one hears cyclists) who stray in to the specially marked lanes. I hear most people are already assuming the lanes are working and avoiding them. Should you need to drive in London next week please read this section of the TFL site.

Hackney Wick Station

Last minute planning appears to have required a late, and under reported, announcement in respect of Hackney Wick station, on the London Overground network. Being so close to Stratford, TFL are worried that packed trains out of Stratford will not be able to accommodate more passengers when they get to Hackney Wick. Hence this station will be closed WESTBOUND for the duration of the games (27 July – 12 August). Pretty bad for the locals already suffering disruption due to the Games.

 Changes to Dockland Light Railway to and from London City Airport

The DLR will run a revised schedule with trains to and from Woolwich Arsenal serving Stratford International and Tower Gateway. After 15.00 trains will only operate Woolwich Arsenal to and from Stratford International. (There may be changes to the service on specific days so please check before travelling.)

Full details of travel to/from London City are available here.

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