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Olympic route network

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Sign on Cromwell Road during London 2012 giving information on the Olympic route network
Dedicated games lane on Cromwell Road as part of the Olympic route network during London 2012

The Olympic route network (ORN[citation needed]) and the Paralympic route network (PRN[citation needed]) is a network of dedicated roads linking venues and other key sites in the host city during Olympic and Paralympic games to ensure that athletes and officials get to events on time. Roads that are part of the network have 'games lanes' which are reserved for accredited games vehicles and on-call emergency vehicles.

For the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the route network came into effect under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006 which gave the Olympic Delivery Authority temporary powers to take over traffic management measures during London 2012.[1]

The ORN and PRN were first introduced for the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a result of problems at the Atlanta Olympics four years earlier when athletes had difficulty getting to their events on time.[2] In July 2012, just before the start of the 2012 Olympics, London taxi drivers blocked some games lanes to protest against the ORN.[3] The games lanes for London 2012 has been pejoratively referred to as ZiL lanes, in reference to dedicated lanes for VIPs in Moscow.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "London 2012 Olympic Route Network Q&A". BBC News. 17 July 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Michael Hirst (17 January 2012). "How will Games Lanes affect Olympics?n". BBC News. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael Hirst (25 July 2012). "London 2012: Black cab drivers protest over Games Lanes ban". BBC News. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Sandford, Daniel (29 July 2012). "Zil lanes: From Moscow to London 2012". BBC News. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 

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