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Olympic transport fears in London


The London Olympics are less than two weeks away and there are fears the capital’s transport system will not be able to cope with the influx of athletes and spectators.

It is under strain at the best of times, with trains and buses overcrowded during peak periods.

“Just to even get on a train in rush hour is difficult, let alone when the Olympics is going to be on,” said one Londoner.

Another added: “It’s going to be a nightmare, but what can you do.”

Hundreds of thousands of Olympic visitors are expected to pour into London.

Motorists are bracing themselves for possible congestion on the roads.

“You can’t turn right off any of the Olympic routes. Some routes you can’t turn left off of. The roads are going to be condensed, sometimes with three lanes down to one. It’s going to be chaos,” said one taxi driver.

With Olympic teams starting to arrive, the years of planning will now be put to the ultimate test.

Organisers will be hoping the London Games are remembered for the sport, not a paralysed transport network.

“We’re confident. Londoners are used to getting around the city when big events are on. But this is going to be on a scale like nothing else before and that’s why it’s so important that people plan ahead, so that they can avoid travel hotspots,” said Mark Evers, from Transport for London.

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