Olympic traffic 'may cause chaos'

People thinking of using the Olympic fortnight as an opportunity to get away from it all may be forced to change their plans, after a traffic company said that the 2012 Games could cause the perfect traffic storm.

A study produced by road information firm Inrix found that congestion in London is likely to spike by a third in the first three days of the Olympic fortnight, and that drivers on some major routes could average 12mph over the two-week period.

Experts at Inrix also pointed out that the Games' opening ceremony falls on one of the summer holidays' busiest days for travel, which already sees 30% more people on the roads than usual.

By way of evidence, Inrix pointed to a trial run of the Olympic road cycling event, which saw thousands of roads shut in south-west London. According to Inrix, the scheme "resulted in traffic chaos, when journeys of just a few miles took several hours and some drivers were forced to abandon their cars".

Transport for London, the body in charge of organising transport during the Olympic fortnight, responded to Inrix's findings by claiming that the data was based on "incorrect, out of date information" and "0 assumptions".

Copyright Press Association 2012