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Gridlock at the Games?

Just as London faces the threat of a fine from the IOC for exceeding pollution levels, which could also endanger particular events like the marathon, Tube Unions have rejected BoJo's pay deal which would cover the 2012 Games and allow for the Tube to run for longer during the event.


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The stay at home games

Already barred from Olympic traffic lanes Londoners and commuters are now being advised not to use the Tube during the 2012 Games. Instead they should walk or cycle to work to enable Olympic visitors to move around more easily. If possible they should just stay home!


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Will public services cope in 2012?

A third of customer services managers surveyed by the Institute of Customer Services say they expect London's public services to fail during the 2012 Games. I am not sure if they have taken into account the possibility that the Games will not attract the expected number of tourists and that many small businesses may take a holiday to avoid the Olympic fallout, thereby reducing the numbers moving around London.


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Javelin trains throw a wobbly

First it was the wobbly bridge, now it’s the wobbling Javelin. Trains from St Pancras to Stratford are back to their customary crawl after Southeastern Trains had to withdraw its fleet of probably iconic 140mph Javelin trains because passengers complained of carriages wobbling. Southeastern acknowledged there had been a ‘sideways movement’.


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Come ORN! Tracey tells IOC to take the Tube

The 'normal' IOC which says it 'needs efficient transport' has come under attack from Tory GLA member and Transport spokesman Richard Tracey. He told the insidethegames blog: "The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is concerned that traffic is the biggest problem facing London 2012, but this is because they expect thousands of their officials and camp followers to be whisked around in limousines."


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Car parking legacy for West Ham Olympic stadium

According to West Ham co-chairman David Gold the car free Olympic Park will have 20,000 car parking spaces for West Ham to use if it takes over the Olympic stadium. He told the BBC that West Ham supporters would find it much easier to get to the ground than at Upton Park: "At the moment, they can't get to West Ham easily but there will be 20,000 car parking spaces at the Olympic Park."


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Speed lanes to get the Olympic 'family' to the Games on time

Buses will be diverted, side roads and pedestrian crossings closed, parking bays and delivers spaces will be suspended and taxis barred from entering Olympic VIP lanes.


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Businesses stress over possible losses from London 2012

A novel take on the 2012 Games. Apparently businesses are anticipating losses from the London Olympics. A range of legal, financial, media and public sector organisations are unhappy at the lack of attention being paid to the possible disruption and loss of revenue the Games may bring.


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