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London: Government ministers told to use public transport during Olympics

London: Government ministers told to use public transport during Olympics
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Londoners have been urged to rethink their travel plans during the Olympic Games, now ministers and government officials are being told to do the same.

Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered colleagues to use public transport to get to events, instead of their cars.

He has also barred them from using dedicated, Olympic road lanes.

There are fears that the congested capital will not be able to cope with the huge influx of visitors.

“There’s only so much capacity London’s road network can take in terms of additional vehicles,” said John Mason, from Transport for London.

“We’ve worked really really hard to make people aware that the road network’s changing, to make them think whether they need to drive into central London, to try and make sure we can get all those people that need to get to the venues, around London,” he continued.

As well as other transport improvements in London, a cable car now spans the River Thames.

It has reportedly cost around 75 million euros, with an airline sponsorship deal covering half of the bill.

euronews correspondent Ali Sheikholeslami, who took a ride, said: “A new addition to London’s skyline and it is geat to see the city from 295 feet above. But the question is, does this add any real value to London transport. That remains to be seen.”

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