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Feb 5, 2009
Olympic beach volleyball team stop traffic in London's Parliament Square sporting briefs and bikinis

  • British squad pose in bikini tops and briefs
  • Stunt designed to highlight how busy London’s roads will be during 2012 Games

Rush hour traffic was brought to a standstill this morning as Great Britain's female beach volleyball team posed on the roadside in their bikini tops and briefs.
As temperatures climbed into the 20s, the scantily clad sportswomen went through a vigorous warm-up routine in London's Parliament Square.
The stunt was designed to highlight how busy the capital’s roads will be during the Olympics, as there will be an extra 1,000 games-related vehicles travelling every hour.
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Sporting stars: Members of Great Britain women's Beach Volleyball team (L-R) Denise Johns, Lucy Bolton, Shauna Mullin and Zara Dempne

The event was held not only to indicate the effect on traffic but also to help launch Transport for London’s (TfL) online planning tool entitled Temporary Road Changes.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s surface transport chief operating officer, said: 'We are doing everything we can to make sure people are aware of, and can comply with, the changes that will be made to London’s roads during the Games.

'Roads in central London and around venues will be exceptionally busy during the Games. Our Temporary Road Changes tool means roads users can see where there will be changes to the road network, allowing them to plan ahead.
'Our advice is to avoid driving in central London and around the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and venues or, if journeys are absolutely essential, to plan ahead and allow extra time.'

Hot ticket: Women's Olympic beach volleyball will be played between July 28 and August 12 at Horse Guards Parade

The stunt was aimed at reminding commuters that roads are likely to be busier at peak times during the 2012 Games

Signs along the roads and public information campaigns before and during the Games will ensure roads users have all the information they need to comply with the changes.
Parking or stopping on the Olympic Route Network will be restricted.

A penalty charge of £130 will be issued to owners of vehicles who break these regulations during the Games and any illegally parked vehicle will be removed to a pound.
Beach Volleyball made its Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996 and has since become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games. This year it will be played between July 28 and August 12 at a special temporary arena on Horse Guards Parade which will be covered in 3,000 tonnes of sand.

Shauna Mullin and her partner Zara Dampney, ranked 34th in the world, and Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton, ranked 50th are Britain’s women’s beach volleyball Olympic hopefuls.
At least one team (pair) is guaranteed a place, but whether both make it won’t be known until next month.
The United States has won five of the eight Olympic gold medals since the sport’s introduction.

Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta of Brazil clinched a gold medal as beach volleyball returned to Beijing for the first time since the 2008 Olympics as teams went head-to-head in the FIVB Swatch World Tour



Beach Volleyball made its Olympic debut at Atlanta 1996 and has since become one of the most popular spectator sports at the Games

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