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London 'ready for 2012 Olympics'

London Mayor Boris Johnson has told International Olympic Committee inspectors that the city is ready to stage the 2012 Games.

The ability of London's narrow streets and congested, old transport network to cope with the huge demand during the Games has been an ongoing concern in staging the event.

But he told the IOC co-ordination commission, in the city for its penultimate check-up of preparations for London 2012 Games before events begin in July: "Our venues are ready, our park is ready, our transport system is being transformed.

"Excitement around London 2012 is already reaching fever pitch and there is no doubt that the capital will live up to everyone's expectations but there is still much to do over the coming months."

The inspectors have listened to a series of presentations to update them on progress on a range of issues.

Construction and handover of the Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre, Velodrome, and handball and basketball arenas, plus completion of the building work of the International Broadcast Centre/Main Press Centre are among the key milestones which have been hit.

In addition, the finished track at the Olympic Stadium was unveiled this week.

The inspectors have been told that around £6.5 billion is being invested in upgrading and extending transport links in an effort help spectators get to and from the Games each day and to keep London moving.

Much-needed extra capacity is being built on the Jubilee Line, along with signalling upgrades. There are also increases in Docklands Light Railway capacity to Woolwich and eventually Stratford International.

An evaluation commission from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has also been in town this week to inspect London's bid for the 2017 athletics world championships.


From Belfast Telegraph