27th July – 9th September
Team Global anticipates that the games security measures and road closures will impact on London’s road and transport network. Aside from the additional amount of people in the capital, a number of measures are planned by Transport for London to ensure the smooth movement of athletes, diplomats and media, including; dedicated lanes on some roads and partial restrictions on traffic between 09.00 and 24.00 daily.
Team Global is currently looking at ways to minimise this disruption and to provide additional services to our clients where required.
Like most Londoners, we are excited to be in the city that will be hosting the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games that will take place in London during July, August and September 2012.
The majority of the route networks are in London where most of the sporting venues are located. The restrictions will include special Olympic Games lanes, modified traffic signals, restricted turns, no stopping on roads between the hours of 06.00 and 24.00 and numerous road closures.
Both collections and deliveries are expected to be severely affected in areas surrounding sporting venues and on all roads leading up to them.
As a commitment to our customers, we promise to ensure that deliveries are disrupted as little as possible. We want to make sure we continue delivering a superior customer experience.
Our Operations Team is currently compiling a full and comprehensive operational contingency plan which, upon receipt of the finalised ORN will form the basis of our detailed plans going forward.
Contact with customers has already commenced and will continue until the games are completed in September.
Also, please be advised that the route networks are still subject to revision and that traffic restrictions will be further added due to crowd control and traffic management issues. The ODA and TFL are currently advising that finalised plans will continue to be updated until the start of the events.
An analysis by the Standard shows that more key routes will be shut or restricted for official London 2012 access than previously thought. There will be road closures for official Olympic access only; pedestrianisation near sports venues and side streets shut for London 2012 operations. Analysis also reveals that the Olympic-only lanes form only a fraction of the routes restricted for Games purposes.
The snapshot analysis looks at the central London section which is the crucial hub covering the Park Lane hotels for VIPs, beach volleyball in Horse Guards and the main road link east to the Olympic Park.
- It shows red routes closed to general traffic throughout the Games
- Yellow routes closed or restricted to general traffic each day
- And blue lines denoting the Games lanes
There will be some road closures for official Olympic access only; pedestrianisation near sports venues and side streets shut for London 2012 operations. Analysis also reveals that the Olympic-only lanes form only a fraction of the routes restricted for Games purposes.
Transport for London admits there will be disruption but insists it is keeping restrictions to a minimum. Analysis of the wider network, which also covers Wembley, Lord’s, Greenwich Park and Wimbledon reveals the extent of other restrictions. Figures provided by TFL show:
- 79 banned turns along the ORN to speed up traffic
- 48 pedestrian crossings suspended
- 256 parking bays affected – 120 suspended, 27 relocated and 109 with adjusted hours of operation outside the ORN (6am to midnight)
- Double manning some vehicles where appropriate
- Trained dedicated staff at our London call centre on hand to advise clients during the Olympics
- Online information will be updated daily and published on the Team Global website throughout the Olympic Games
- Enhanced service levels at night when there are no planned road closures for those companies who have adopted flexible working hours
- Additional storage space will be available at Team Global’s Heathrow warehouse facilities for clients use
Closures will be in place for 16 days of the Games starting on July 27 and a scaled-down version for the Paralympics from August 29 to September 9.
This is a list of events that will have the most impact on roads in London. Of course all other events that occur in a particular arena will cause a significant amount of traffic before they begin and after they finish, so we have compiled a complete list of events in London along with their date, location, opening and closing times below
The Olympic torch will be traveling throughout the UK and Ireland from the 19th of May until the opening ceremony on the 27th of July. Of course, this will cause some roads to be closed before the games begin though in a smaller scale than other events. Too see which areas will be affected on each day, visit this page on the BBC website.
Other affected areas such as Earls Court, the ExCel Arena, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Lord’s Cricket Ground and of course, the Olympic Stadium itself will also have times at which there will be large amounts of traffic surrounding the area. For more information, visit the list of Olympic and Paralympic events on the official website. Click on the links in the table below to see the precise area through which each event will occur.
|Cycling – Road Race (Men)||The Mall||28 July||10:00||16:15|
|Cycling – Road Race (Women)||The Mall||29 July||12:00||16:15|
|Cycling – Time Trial (Women & Men)||Hampton Court Palace||1 August||10:00||16:15|
|Triathlon (Women)||Hyde Park||4 August||9:00||11:40|
|Athletics – Race Walk 20km (Men)||The Mall||4 August||17:00||18:30|
|Marathon (Women)||London (various)||5 August||11:00||14:00|
|Triathlon (Men)||Hyde Park||7 August||11:30||14:00|
|Athletics – Race Walk 50km (Men)||The Mall||11 August||09:00||13:20|
|Athletics – Race Walk 20km (Women)||The Mall||11 August||11:00||14:00|
|Marathon (Men)||London (various)||12 August||11:00||13:40|
|Road Cycling||Brands Hatch||5-8 September||09:00||18:00|
|Marathon||London (various)||9 September||09:00||12:00|
What Team Global Are Doing
We have looked at some of the reports and recommendations from previous games. Whilst historically it would be expected that traffic levels would drop by 20-30% during the games period; the closure of some key arteries will undoubtedly restrict the flow of traffic and the ability to access some buildings in the affected areas. In order to minimise this Team Global is considering the following:
Full List of Events
|Archery||Lord’s Cricket Ground||27 July||9:00||15:00|
|Opening Ceremony||Olympic Stadium||27 July||9:00||15:00|
|Shooting||The Royal Artillery Barracks||28 July||08:15||16:00|
|Archery||Lord’s Cricket Ground||28 July||09:00||12:20|
|Beach Volleyball||Horse Guards Parade||28 July||09:00||12:50|
|Basketball||Olympic Park||28 July||09:00||13:00|
|Table Tennis||ExCel Arena||28 July||09:00||12:45|
|Judo||ExCel Arena||28 July||09:30||12:30|
|Handball||Olympic Park||28 July||09:30||12:45|
|Volleyball||Earl’s Court||28 July||09:30||13:00|
|Swimming||Olympic Park||28 July||10:00||13:00|
|Equestrian – Eventing||Greenwich Park||28 July||10:00||16:15|
|Cycling – Road Race (Men)||The Mall||28 July||10:00||16:15|
|Gymnastics – Artistic||North Greenwich Arena||28 July||11:00||13:10|
|Table Tennis||ExCeL||28 July||14:30||17:30|
|Handball||Olympic Park||28 July||14:30||17:45|
|Beach Volleyball||Horse Guards Parade||28 July||14:30||18:20|
|Basketball||Olympic Park||28 July||14:30||18:30|
|Volleyball||Earl’s Court||28 July||14:45||18:15|
|Archery||Lord’s Cricket Ground||28 July||15:00||19:00|
|Gymnastics – Artistic||North Greenwich Arena||28 July||15:30||17:40|
|Table Tennis||ExCeL||28 July||19:00||22:00|
|Swimming||Olympic Park||28 July||19:30||21:35|
|Handball||Olympic Park||28 July||19:30||22:45|
|Gymnastics – Artistic||North Greenwich Arena||28 July||20:00||22:10|
|Volleyball||Earl’s Court||28 July||20:00||23:30|
|Beach Volleyball||Horse Guards Parade||28 July||20:00||23:50|
|Basketball||Olympic Park||28 July||20:00||00:00|