London 'Games Lanes' Cause Transportation Headaches

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Just two days away from the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, London commuters are already reporting travel headaches throughout the city.

Wednesday was the first day that London's usually aggressive drivers had to respect the unpopular "Games Lanes" or face a stiff fine of up to 130 pounds (equivalent to $202).

The special Olympic traffic lanes are set up specifically for Olympic competitors, officials and sponsors following past mishaps where competitors were almost late for their events.

Transport for London (TfL) is closely monitoring the 30 miles worth of restricted Games Lanes leading to and from key Olympic sites and other London streets in its control room.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL chief operating officer of streets and traffic, remained confidence that Olympic travel restrictions won't bring the British capital to a halt.

"Traffic has been really quite light. It's clear that a lot of people have taken the advice that TfL has been putting out," Emmerson said.

But motorists reported traffic nightmares on the roadways as well as in the Underground, London's subway system.

Critics complain that the restricted lanes are elitist.

The 2012 London Games are the first olympics where everyone has been encouraged to use public transit.

Although organizers assure travelers the traffic kinks will be sorted out, they are still urging drivers to avoid London from now until the end of the games if possible

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