Traffic Displacement from `Dedicated Olympic Lanes'

MQT on 2004-11-17
Session date: 
November 17, 2004
Question By: 
Angie Bray
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In the London Development Agency Information pack about the London 2012 Olympic bid a reference is made to high speed routes and 'dedicated Olympic lanes' will these be in addition to bus lanes? Have you made an estimate for the amount of traffic displacement?


Answer for Traffic Displacement from `Dedicated Olympic Lanes'

Answer for Traffic Displacement from `Dedicated Olympic Lanes'

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A key strand of the Olympic Transport Strategy is to keep London moving during the Games. Thus, almost all of the core Olympic route network covers roads that do not have bus lanes and it has been deliberately chosen with this in mind. In the few locations where bus lanes and dedicated Olympic lanes would otherwise be co-located, consideration will be given to making dual use of bus lanes. This may entail some slight alteration to bus operations: some temporary stop relocations for example. In these instances, the amount of Olympic vehicle use is likely to be either very low or concentrated into short periods for a limited number of days, and it is likely that such dual use would be acceptable in all but the most extreme of cases. In one or two instances where a bus lane exists and Olympic vehicle movement would be consistently high, it is probable that the bus lane would become the dedicated Olympic lane for the two week period of the Games. In these rare instances highway capacity is such that inconvenience to buses will be minimised and operational changes will minimise impact on passengers.

Given this, the summer reduction in traffic levels of up to 13%, and the impact the Games themselves will have on people's travel habits, significant traffic displacement is not an issue, although further modelling continues to assess localised junction impacts.