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As the Games draw nearer, London has begun work on the Olympic Route Network (ORN), which links key venues, accommodation and transport hubs across the city.
With up to one million extra travelers expected on each day of the Olympiad, the ORN aims to ease congestion on the host citys streets by dedicating specific lanes to Games commuting.
By doing so, London hopes to avoid difficulties like the ones experienced in Georgia, US, which lead to the American venue being dubbed the lost city of Atlanta.
According to the BBC, Transport for London (TfL) this week announced that roadwork had been stopped so that markings for the Olympic-dedicated lanes, which measure 30 miles in length, can be painted and traffic lights adjusted.
TfL said work to paint white lines and Olympic rings on the roads will be done overnight and not require road closures, BBC reported.
With the first London Games Lane to come into effect on July 16, TfL is advising motorists to avoid Central London around the ORN and Games venues from mid-July, when visitors are expected to arrive in earnest.
The Games Lanes will end around two days after the conclusion of the Games on August 12, before a smaller Paralympic Route Network comes into operation shortly before the Paralympics start on August 29.
In related news, London & Partners, the UK capitals official promotional organization, has launched the London Official City Guide, a new free mobile app for visitors to the city.
The app promises to keep users abreast of Londons hottest events as well as the citys most famous and not-so-famous attractions by utilizing Google maps and an easy-to-use search functionality packed with thousands of listings.
2012 is a phenomenal year for London and I want Londoners and tourists to explore the best of what our great city has to offer, said London Lord Mayor Boris Johnson, who co-launched the app.
With exciting world-class cultural events popping up in every corner of the capital, there has never been a better time to explore the city, not just the well-known attractions, but the other wonderful local gems waiting to be discovered.
With so much to see and do, the app and brochure are your indispensible guide to a summer like no other.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H