Olympic Travel [UPDATED]

Westminster Bridge is virtually car-free, north-bound
Selena: It started as rioting. But right from the beginning you knew this was different. Because it was happening in small villages, market towns. And then it wasn't on the TV any more. It was in the street outside. It was coming in through your windows. 
- 28 Days Later

The Olympic Torch passes through Deptford and Lewisham tomorrow morning, starting at 7.21am at Creekside (click here for the full route). The Olympic traffic lanes over Blackheath will kick in on Wednesday 25th. The opening ceremony takes place on Friday, July 27th. At that point, all hell will break loose.

So far, London 2012 has actually been notable for the ways in which the apocalyptic predictions have failed to materialise. Here we are, less than a week from D-Day and the whole thing has been pretty painless for Londoners. But it's still all to play for.

The full version of the official travel guide www.GetAheadOfTheGames.com has gone live - providing day-by-day guides to how the events will affect London transport. They are also on Twitter @gaotg

In total, London will host 7% more visitors than average during the Games period, with the largest number of these coming from the USA (19% of total expected arrivals), then Germany (8%), Australia, Italy and Canada. Visitors from BRICS nations (Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa) will account for 9% of total arrivals.

Together, they are expected to contribute an extra 3m journeys a day to the public transport system, meaning that most of the day will feel like rush hour. London Bridge is due to be the nastiest snarl-up in the whole network.

Meanwhile, Londoners plan to stick around until after the Games, with 5% fewer departures expected during this period than the same time last year.

Please feel free to use this thread throughout the Games, to share travel advice.