The team organising the London Olympics in 2012 is adopting the most aggressive anticar policy ever applied to a major event in an attempt to deliver a permanent shift in people’s travel habits.
The eight million spectators will be banned from travelling by car and forced to take public transport, walk or cycle. Only a small number of disabled people will be allowed to park anywhere near the car exclusion zones planned for the main venues in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Cardiff, and Weymouth and Portland in Dorset.
Even drivers not travelling to the Olympics will be affected by the plan because, for two months around the Games, one lane on several key routes in London will be reserved for 80,000 members of the “Olympic family” – athletes, officials and media. These routes, dubbed “Zil lanes” after the routes reserved for the Soviet Politburo cavalcades in Moscow, are likely to be policed by dozens of cameras and a team of enforcement officers.
The core route will run from Hyde Park Corner, to Parliament Square, along Embankment to Tower Hill, on to The Highway and out to Stratford.
Oh right, so the journos and the politicians can drive, but everyone else has to ram themselves onto public transport, do they?
For fuck's sake, Seb, has you seen the state of the Tube at rush hour? It's all very well forcing people onto public transport, but there just isn't the capacity to take that many.
Take, for instance, my return from 18DS tonight. I chnaged from the Picadilly Line onto the Northern at Lesceister Square at just before 11pm. As I stood on the platform, more and more people crowded in until the entire platform was full and there were people backed all the way up all of the entrances. And the board was still showing 4 minutes until the first train arrived.
In an interview with The Times, Hugh Sumner, the ODA transport director, said: “We have a very aggressive programme to make it the greenest games in modern times. We want to leave both a hard legacy in terms of infrastructure and a living legacy in the way people think about transport and about how they travel to sports and cultural events.”
Yeah? When was the last time that you shifted your fat arse onto a rush hour Tube, you cunt?
This Olympics shit is already looking like it is going to become a fiasco of mammoth proportions, and we've still got five years to go...