Work under way on 2012 Games Lanes

Work under way on 2012 Games Lanes

Work began on Sunday to mark out the Games Lanes that will speed athletes and VIPs to events during the upcoming Olympics.

Dubbed "ZiL lanes" after the ZiL car which carried Soviet Union leaders around, the lanes will cover 30 miles of road in London, forming part of the 109-mile Olympic Route Network (ORN) which links Games venues.

Adjustments to traffic lights in the capital have already begun. However, the Olympic Rings-marked lanes will only come into operation on July 25 - two days ahead of the opening ceremony taking place.

Although "ordinary" motorists will be able to use them until then, Transport for London (TfL) is advising motorists to avoid central London around the ORN and Games venues from mid-July, so keep this in mind when heading out on the capital's roads.

With hordes of visitors and athletes set to descend upon London, motorists can expect roads to be busy, something which highlights the importance ofbreakdown cover .

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