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Report: London Olympics will create 'perfect traffic storm'

This summer, people all over the globe will be traveling to London for the 2012 summer Olympics. While most of these guests will busy watching the various events, visiting the requisite tourist destinations, and having the time of their lives, native Londoners may be in for a bit of shock. Specifically, their ability to go speeding to and from work, school, and the store may be severely limited.

According to a recent report from INRIX, a provider of real-time traffic reports and directions, Londoners seeking to get around by automobile from Friday, July 27 -- the day of the opening ceremony -- through the rest of the weekend will encounter the so-called "perfect traffic storm."

Specifically, they can expect traffic congestion to rise by as much as 33 percent and speeds on major traffic arteries to reach only around 12 miles-per hour.

What's behind this potential traffic nightmare?

"One of the busiest holiday getaway weekends, the Olympic opening ceremony and the men's road cycling race is the perfect traffic storm," said Greg Hallsworth, the author of the INRIX report.

In fact, INRIX indicated that the traffic snarls would likely continue throughout the entire Olympics, causing the following headaches:

  • Trips throughout Greater London that normally take an hour will likely be at least 12 minutes longer (if not more)
  • Peak rush hour times may start almost 90 minutes earlier than normal
  • Trips through the Core Games Network will likely take an additional 20 minutes

"Despite this generally being a quieter time of the year, Londoners need to be prepared for a huge volume of traffic in the City that they are unlikely to have experienced previously," said Hallsworth.

In light of these potential problems, people are being advised to alter their travel schedules and utilize public transportation.

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

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This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


Reuters, "London Olympics faces 'perfect traffic storm,' report warns" Jan. 18, 2012

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