Thursday 19 January 2012

Make it a Green Olympics

The public have been urged to ditch their cars and travel on trains, buses and the Underground, to realise organisers' hopes of creating a "Green Olympics".
Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, says he will forgo the privilege of being driven on the Olympic "Zil lanes", and will allow his car allocation to be used by athletes instead.
He and chief executive Andy Hunt will use the Jubilee line to travel between their Park Lane hotel and the Olympic Park in Stratford.
It is understood that at least 250 VIPs will be given their own BMW and chauffeur to escort them during the Games. Thousands of other officials, sponsors, dignitaries and athletes will share the remaining pool of BMW cars.

Lord Moynihan said "When they are staying in central London they should jump on the Tube. The Jubilee line will deserve a gold medal if it copes with carrying hundreds of thousands of passengers a day during the Games."
But the predicted influx of an extra one million passengers a day during the Games has sparked fears of overcrowding and delays. The Tube network already carries 3.4 million a day, with reliability of the Jubilee line - the principal route linking central London to the Olympic stadium - causing major concern.

David Gambles