London 2012: Games Lanes proving unpopular


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"You can't have the Games without some pain."

The Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy has always spoken his mind and those words are no exception.

The previous message had been: "London is open for business" but that has changed into this rather more blunt offering.

Mr Hendy was talking about the controversial Games Lanes for Olympic only traffic.

They are meant to get athletes and officials and IOC delegates to venues on time.

Most of them haven't even been turned on yet and they are already deeply unpopular.

Of course you cannot hold arguably the biggest event on the planet and not expect some disruption. Londoners will, it seems, have to bite the bullet.

Here's a video piece I've done on the latest complainants - cyclists.

Games Lanes will be enforced from 25 July

Only the "Olympic family" like the lanes and even they keep it quiet.

Transport for London hardly defended them, neither does London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Remember he delayed their introduction by a few days.

Both pass the buck saying, "it's part of the IOC contract".

The problem is they are a real hard sell, especially when the emphasis is on this being a public transport games.

And when the Olympics are meant to be about taking part and being inclusive, the lanes are the exact opposite - elitist, divisive and what they will do is to make life worse for nearly everyone else.

And if you thought the old M4 bus lane was unpopular, the Games Lanes are in a whole different world of resentment.

Let me know what you think.

Tom Edwards Article written by Tom Edwards Tom Edwards Transport correspondent, London

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    Comment number 31.

    The number of complaints, whingers and strike threats that some of the public are making about the inconvenience suffered for the honour of hosting this global event is shameful.
    There was a time when the citizens of this country would have shown nothing but pride. I wonder if in 20 years when asked by children or grand children did you go to the games ? will they answer: No I complained instead.

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    Comment number 59.

    What a sad bunch of whingers we have in UK; crying into their half empty glasses over a few short weeks of inconvenience.

    It's a small price to pay for us to host the Olympics. We have the eyes of the world on us. We should be proud of this honour and willing to put up with a few inconveniences.

    Anyone involved in putting on this show should be congratulated. The whingers should be ashamed.

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    Comment number 41.

    I agree with most about the corporate jamboree and the cost and the disruption. What I find boringly predictable is the sneering snide comments from people who want anything and everything to fail for the sake of failure. If it involves anyone trying to do anything, they want it to fail. I don't get their mindset and suspect they are the sort of people who troll the families of dead people.

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    Comment number 26.

    21. The_Bum_Hair_On_Rooneys_Head
    "@ 17 - Stephen: Pipe down you pillock."

    Well, aside from the personal insult you're throwing out there, he makes a point. The Olympics is happening next week, you can either whine whine whine about G4S, Zil Lanes, etc, or try to make the most of it for the month and plan around the inconvenience. Just get Boris off the train station loudspeakers please.

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    Comment number 17.

    Even for those not enthused by the Olympics there comes a time to just shut up, stop moaning and make the most of a situation. For the London Olympics that time is now. The games are not going to be called off for some disgruntled taxi cab drivers, inconvenienced local shop keepers or carping politicians. Let's just get behind our UK sports people and make all our overseas visitors feel welcome.


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