London's 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) will commence operation on 25 July, two days ahead of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium.

The ORN will ensure athletes, officials and dignitaries make it to events on time, and features 30 miles of exclusive Games Lanes to facilitate this.

London transport commissioner Peter Hendy, who believes the Olympics are a huge opportunity for road transport,  says: "The ORN, which is part of the host city contract for the Games, will be a vital part of managing the busy roads and delivering a great Games."

“Our advice to motorists is clear. From mid-July, avoid driving in central London, around the ORN and Games venues.”

Transport for London will be carrying out the major physical changes to the capital’s roads, including adjustments to more than 1,300 traffic signals, signage and barriers, at night from mid July.

However, road markings will start to be put down from the start of next month (although they will not be in force until later).

The ORN will not be in force between the end of the Olympics and the start of the Paralympics (5 September).

TfL has just released its free Olympic Freight Journey Planner to help operators work around road restrictions this summer.

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