With the start of the London 2012 Olympic games just days away, road safety organisation and breakdown cover company, GEM Motoring Assist has some smart travel tips for those affected this summer.
With thousands of people descending upon the capital, planned road
closures, public transport delays, and overcrowding; the majority of
journeys in and around London will be impacted throughout July and
August. So, for an easy way into the Games take GEM’s useful travel
1. Free pass – all those lucky enough to have tickets to the Olympic
Games this summer receive a free travel card for zones 1-9 to get to and
from the event.
2. Try two wheels – take advantage of the Barclays Cycle Hire scheme and
get from A to B quickly and easily, leaving your bike at one of the
hundreds of docking stations. Check tfl.gov.uk before you travel to find
out about closures.
3. Fuel efficiency – lift sharing is a great way of saving petrol and
reducing the number of cars on the road, whenever you can, share a
journey with family or friends.
4. Private parking – people all over London are renting out their drives
and parking spaces so secure your spot rather than queuing for public
car parks. Try parkatmyhouse.co.uk or rentduringthegames.co.uk for
5. Head in the clouds – steer clear of busy roads and travel on the new
Emirates Air Line cable cars, which runs from Greenwich to the Royal
6. Cruise control – take to the water and get into the Games via a river
taxi on the Thames. Visit thamesclippers.com or citycruises.com for
schedules and prices.
7. Stay in lane – look out for the dedicated Games lanes for officials
and athletes driving to events. Using these lanes, which have started
opening now, could result in a fine.
8. Trouble on the tube – check the getaheadofthegames.com website for tube closures and up-to-the-minute travel updates during the Games.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “This summer
is an extremely exciting time for the whole nation; however, our
transport systems are going to be under a huge amount of pressure.
Planning your journey fully before you set off will ensure you see the
very best bits of London during the Games whilst avoiding unnecessary