Olympic Route Network (ORN), London 2012
The ORN comprised a system of temporary ‘Olympic Lanes’ designed to move participants and officials around London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012. The concept was developed following problems experienced at the Atlanta Games in 1996. Each Olympic Lane brought its own set of complex movement control and safety issues, particularly at interfaces between modes and with non-Olympic highway space. Gateway TSP was appointed by TfL, along with a number of other professional organisations and individuals, to undertake Stage 1 RSAs of the preliminary designs.
Objectives and Challenges
The scale of the proposed ORN required close collaboration with other road safety professionals, the Designers and TfL managers, over a period of six weeks in the summer of 2010. The preliminary designs were based on experience gained from the Olympic Games of Sydney, Athens and Beijing and were found to be generally satisfactory from a road safety perspective. Nevertheless, to ensure a successful Games, it was recognised that certain reasonable compromises were appropriate in light of the temporary nature of the ORN and Government initiatives to reduce non-Olympic travel for its duration.