London Olympics 2012 VIPs Urged by London Mayor to Ride Train

By on Jan 30, 2012 in Sports Comments

London Olympics 2012 dignitaries were encouraged by London Mayor Boris Johnson to use public transport during the summer Games, according to reports by several international news sites on Monday, January 30, 2012.

London Mayor Boris Johnson

London Mayor Boris Johnson
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Mayor Johnson urged the 2012 London Olympics VIPs to take the train rather than using limousines along a special Olympic Route Network (ORN). The special lane was created after the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta where some athletes arrived late for their events due to heavy traffic.

The London Mayor made the appeal to avoid irritating the Britons who currently suffers long delays on the capital’s narrow streets.

In a statement, the re-electionist London Mayor said that he is urging “them (members of the International Olympic Committee) to do the sensible thing, do the right thing, get on the Jubilee Line. They’ll love it.”

Reports say that the 109-mile ORN will be used by about 82,000 athletes, officials, media, sponsors and VIPs.

In anticipation of the over crowded streets, a 6.5 billion pound transport investment program was launched. The Stratford station leading to the Olympic Park in east London was reportedly upgraded for the games.

According to London officials, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) trains were also upgraded to increase its passenger capacity by 50 percent.

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