London traffic flow down by 17%
The man and van team was interested to read that all the warnings about the traffic on London’s roads have actually been heeded and people are avoiding the capital’s centre. In fact theyre avoiding it to such an extent that Prime Minister David Cameron has called on people to come back into London after it has been called a ‘ghost town’.
He told Sky News: “London’s working well, it’s open for business, come back into the capital, come and shop, come and eat in London’s restaurants and let’s make sure that all of London’s economy benefits from this.”
Figures suggest that nearly one in five motorists have abandoned the roads, as the flow of vehicles has fallen by 17 per cent since the Games began, according to Olympic organiser Locog. If you’re a courier or drive for a delivery company you might want t think about altering your routes to make the use of the quieter roads.
Paul Deighton, Locog’s chief executive officer, said: “Road traffic in and around central London has been down around 17 per cent, which means we have been more flexible about opening Games lanes up to regular traffic, and our objective is to get the Games traffic to its venues on time. We have been able to do that.”
We’re glad that transport issues are mostly turning out well for the Games. We’ve heard some comedy anecdotes about Olympic drivers being given Sat-Navs which are so out of date that the Olympic park doesn’t even feature on them, but that’s a story for another day…
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