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Olympic traffic delays

Olympic traffic delays Photo: PA

Traffic has been coping well during the Olympics but the games have caused delays on the M25 at Dartford, M4 in Berkshire, A3 in Surrey and at the end of the M40 in Oxfordshire.

That is according to Trafficmaster who collect data on how well main routes are running. They say there have been delays each day on M25 across the Dartford Crossing – especially clockwise – as long-distance traffic heeds the warnings to avoid the Blackwall Tunnel. These are also due to spectator traffic heading for the park and ride sites near both sides of the Dartford Crossing.

There have also been delays to the west of London, where lane restrictions on M4 have led many to divert along Western Avenue (A40), which has seen slow peak and daytime traffic eastbound from the Perivale area towards White City and Westway.

The North Circular Road (A406) has also been slow during peak times and into the morning from Chiswick towards the Hanger Lane gyratory, and also south-westwards from the M1/A5 at Staples Corner, through Stonebridge Park towards the Hanger Lane gyratory.

To the south-west, there has been slow daytime traffic inwards on the A3 through Roehampton towards the Wandsworth area, as commuter traffic mixes with Olympic spectator traffic heading for the tennis at Wimbledon.

Elsewhere, many have heeded the advice to use public transport for journeys to and from Olympic sites, and for general tourist activity – although the latter appears reduced by economic factors as much as the presence of the Olympic Games.

The venues outside London appear to be coping well with local traffic changes. The comparatively low levels of traffic congestion caused by “getaway” traffic during the last two weekends of July suggests a reduction of tourist activity.

Olympic Traffic this week:

Graham Smith, Data Manager at Trafficmaster advises that as the London Olympics 2012 enter their second week, the number of events scheduled at the main sites in East London (Olympic Park and Excel) will be fewer than last week, although with a high proportion of finals.

There are, however, a number of very popular events in Hyde Park during weekday lunchtimes on Tuesday (Men’s Triathlon), Thursday (Women’s swimming marathon), and Friday (Men’s swimming marathon). These are likely to attract a large number of spectators and are likely to bring abnormally busy traffic conditions to the area.