Olympic transport plans announced

The Government has unveiled the draft plans for the Olympic Route Network (ORN), which is designed to ensure the transportation of the 55,000 athletes and officials at the 2012 Games.

Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick revealed the first plans for the ORN, which is now open for a 14-week public consultation.

It is intended that main roads leading to the main Olympic venue in Stratford, east London, will be included in the ORN, as well as routes to and from Heathrow airport.

The special measures that will be introduced on the ORN route will be announced at a later date, but it is thought that they will include roads on which athletes can get to and from training grounds.

Mr Fitzpatrick said that the ORN will also include roads around the Olympic sailing sites in Dorset, and for the rowing events in Berkshire.

He added that the ORN will leave a "positive legacy for the city", including permanently improved traffic signalling and junction upgrades.

The ORN has been designed to ensure that the 55,000 athletes, officials, media and sponsors on each of the 16 days of the Olympic Games and 16,500 on each of the 12 days of the Paralympics Games can move safely, quickly and reliably throughout the competition.

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