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Will Greenwich transport be ready for the Olympics?
Will Greenwich's transport system be ready for the Olympics? Yes, say traffic chiefs - but don't expect perfection.
With the torch on its way, Greenwich Park closed off, pink signs popping up all over the transport network and those all-important tickets being delivered the Olympics suddenly seem incredibly close.
Games organisers have been busy trying to ensure London's transport operates smoothly over the summer, invoking the cautionary tale of Atlanta's 1996 Olympics, where transport delays meant some athletes didn't get to their event on time.
But with recent high-profile breakdowns on the Jubilee Line, set to run 28 trains per hour and recently flagged up at the London Assembly as a threat to the Olympics, are they confident about that part of the transport infrastructure?
Transport for London's director of borough partnerships Alex Williams said: "We've completed the upgrade and it's a lot more reliable than it was."
He added: "The key thing for me is we're not going to run a perfect public transport system during the Games.
"I'm confident we can fix problems very quickly and we have contingency plans."
Greenwich drivers can expect an even busier time than usual on the roads. The Blackwall Tunnel, for instance, has been staffed with 10 extra police to help deal with any extra problems created.
But the main advice is simply to avoid the roads around Olympic venues during Games time.
Perhaps the most worrying aspect for drivers, aside from the good news of roadworks on A roads and B roads being banned, is the Olympic Route Network - the core roads where no parking is allowed which come into force from July 25.
Parking here will land you with a £130 fine, while you can expect the same charge for straying into the 30 miles of dedicated Games Lanes, being marked out with white lines and Olympic Rings and set aside for Olympic VIPs.
Mr Williams said: "I think it'll be a great success if we issue no fines. What we're after isn't to issue a whole load of fines - what we want is compliance.
You may also want to avoid certain train stations too - Bank, Earl's Court and London Bridge in particular are expected to be rammed full of people.
Crunch time for London Bridge is likely to be July 20 - the day of Greenwich's cross country event when 40,000 people are expected to arrive by rail. Station users are being encouraged to go on to places like Cannon Street, Blackfriars or Charing Cross which will be far less crowded during that event and during the rest of the Olympics.
Mr Williams said: "We want people to adapt their behaviour."
To find out information about travel hotspots visit GetAheadoftheGames.com or follow @GAOTG on Twitter.
A public transport roadshow takes place on July 8 from 10am to 4pm in Cutty Sark Gardens and July 12 from 12pm to 7pm at Cutty Sark station.
TRAVEL DURING THE GAMES
Drivers should avoid venue areas on competition days. If journeys are absolutely necessary they should be planned carefully, leaving additional time.
Cutty Sark DLR station will be closed from 9am to 6pm during the equestrian events.
There will be a reduced Southeastern service through Kidbrooke, Maze Hill and Westcombe Park, while Woolwich Dockyard station will close.
Busy traffic is expected during the Games at Blackwall Tunnel Approach, Sun-in-the-Sands roundabout, Shooters Hill Road, Charlton Park Lane, Maze Hill Park and Row and Park Vista.
Creek Road and Greenwich High Road will have one lane closed and operate a one-way system.
Repository Road will close from 6am until 8pm from July 16 to August 6 to all traffic and 6am to 10pm from August 22 to September 6 to all traffic except cyclists.
Ha Ha Road will close to all traffic including cyclists and pedestrians fro 6am on July 7 to midnight on September 19.
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