Monday 25 September 2017

Olympics create immense challenges, says Cameron

Wesley Johnson

People have to be prepared for difficulties when one of the busiest cities in the world is hosting the Olympics, the British Prime Minister said today.

David Cameron said the London 2012 Games were taking place in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world, creating "immense challenges" for organisers.

But he insisted that transport links were holding up well, even as the Heathrow Express rail service was shut down, causing travel misery for passengers flying into the capital on the eve of the Olympics.

The closure of the route -- which transports passengers from the airport to London Paddington -- was caused by a fire on a platform at West Ealing station and caused severe delays, according to the Heathrow Express website.

"This is an extraordinary few weeks for London," Mr Cameron said.

"We can't say to people that life is going to be completely as normal, it isn't."

He went on: "We are holding an Olympic Games in one of the busiest, most active, bustling cities anywhere in the world.

"Inevitably you're going to have challenges".

There were "immense challenges" at immigration control at Heathrow Airport, he added, but people were now coming through "very, very quickly".

Irish Independent

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