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Tuesday 28 July 2009

Careful with that Javelin, Eugene

So preparations for London 2012 are on track, perhaps even a little ahead of schedule: this was the message from Seb Coe, Tessa Jowell and Beano Boris as they boarded the first “Olympic Javelin” train from St Pancras International to Stratford yesterday. The Beeb were there to confirm that the train made the journey in just under the seven minute timing.

In fact, just about everyone attending the games is expected to travel to the stadium by public transport, which at first sounds reasonable: the DLR will also be running almost to the front door by 2012. And it seems a sensible thing to do when you discover that there will be no parking available when you get there.

However, some visitors are likely to be more equal than others, and the journeys of a variety of VIPs are likely to involve driving – well, chauffeuring, anyway. The reason for this? Security. Difficult to keep the slebs safe – no room for them to have their own private space. For some, there will be places to park. So much for those green credentials.

And for the rest, expecting to replicate Bozza’s happy and upbeat journey yesterday, a word of warning: I’m hearing noises off concerning the ability of St Pancras International to accommodate the expected crowds – at least, in any kind of comfort.

Another one to watch – updates as and when.

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