Floating Olympic Lanes by Dowling Jones
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Floating Olympic Lanes by Dowling Jones and Stone

London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a floating motorway to be constructed on the River Thames, intended to ease congestion in the city ahead of the London 2012 Olympic games this summer.

Floating Olympic Lanes by Dowling Jones and Stone

Due for completion in July, the design by London studio Dowling Jones and Stone will include an access junction at Tower Bridge and stretch from Wandsworth to Limehouse along the water.

Floating Olympic Lanes by Dowling Jones and Stone

The announcement comes exactly one year after Dowling Jones and Stone unveiled their design for a 12 metre-high bronze statue of Johnson overlooking the river - see their proposal here.

Here are some more details from the designers:


London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled audacious emergency plans to avoid total gridlock in London during this Summers Olympic Games. Boris left Londoners amazed as he today unveiled a floating Olympic motorway that will stretch from Wandsworth 7 miles to Limehouse along the famous Thames. The scheme was hastily developed after traffic plans for the Olympic Games including the infamous Olympic Lanes were widely criticised. The floating lanes, controversially ear marked for use only by official Olympic cars will feature a major access junction at the world famous Tower bridge. The 118 year old structure will be adapted to allow access to the river road. The huge temporary structure costing £12 million will be hastily constructed and floated into place and assembled in time for the start of the games in July.

Gregg Stone of designers Dowling Jones & Stone, the London based consultants said ”the games is an extraordinary event and London presents unique transport challenges, taking to the river was the only way to keep things flowing".

Boris will come under pressure from transport groups as he plans to limit access to Olympic fat cats only and the huge price tag connected with the project but he is keen to appease worried London voters in an Election year.

Dowling Jones and Stone are based in London and create visualisations of architectural concepts.

  • zecks

    lol excellent!

  • Clifford L.

    must be legit having the announcement on 1st of april

  • Tom

    Dont we have boats for this sort of thing?

  • pero

    yeah i bet he will…..prima aprilis u guys!

  • nico

    mmmmmm what's today's date ?

  • April

    1 April 2012

  • Alison Parker

    April Fool?

  • nicola

    hehe…april fool surly ;)

  • Giles

    Giggles, even better than last years!

  • konstantinos

    1st of APRIL PEOPLE!!!!!! LOLOL

    Well done Dezeen!

  • richard c

    Nice try Dezeen, nice try.

  • felix

    absolute madness, and what of the businesses that can't use the thames during the olympics?

  • Chris

    The most laughable thing about this is the expectation that British construction could ever complete this in time for the Olympics. Everything else here is perfectly regular behaviour for Boris.

  • http://www.witnessdesign.co.uk Patrick Gibson

    Aaaaahahahaha very good! ;)

  • Goose 42

    April fools day. Mind you I wouldn't put it past the blonde haired t*t

  • Stephen

    1 april!

  • d0ubled

    hah! Same time next year guys…

  • http://twitter.com/andrewliebchen @andrewliebchen

    Most projects posted on Dezeen seem like April Fool's day jokes.

  • http://cargocollective.com/arcalign ArcAlign

    I think this is an absolute disgrace. I for one will be writing a strongly worded letter to the Mayor to express my disgust at this proposal. The environmental and monetary costs of this madness do not bare thinking about. Happy April 1st.

  • Aaron

    April fool – although I've seen more ridiculous things in contemporary urban planning and architecture.

  • jeb

    april fools etc

  • phool

    ha ha

  • http://www.utedesign.com.au Kain

    You’re a fool if you belive this one!

  • PJWinter

    Theres a great book called London as it might have been by felix barker and ralph hyde. It's got alot of wonderful (in all meanings of the word) concepts throughout the past few hundred years seriously considered or put forward.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Wasn't there going to be a floating stadium too?

  • montaigne

    "The announcement comes exactly one year after Dowling Jones and Stone unveiled their design for a 12 metre-high bronze statue of Johnson overlooking the river". Nice detail

  • douglas

    this is actually to sensible to be a genuine Boris original