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Olympic Road Lanes


Quickbeam

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I see that those of you in London are getting extra traffic restrictions in the way of special Olympic road lanes

From the link it says "the authorities had plans to lift the restrictions on the Games Lanes if there was gridlock." That seems a bit of a gross contradiction of intention. Isn't the whole point of Olympic lanes to create a freemoving traffic flow for the Olympic officials and competitors and avoid the Atlanta Games fiasco where competitors were in danger of missing their events?

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bremner

I have no doubt that there will be all kinds of stories like that, there always are, wherever the Olympic Games is staged.

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daz60

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Some of these restrictions are in force for 24/7,so london will reap the reward in fines.

There is also the case of restricted turns,left or right ,again in force 24/7 and cab drivers have just been allowed to stop in designated Olympic lanes for passenger collection or drop off,5 lanes to be exact.

Also along various routes buses could no longer be allowed to stop so passengers have a long walk,disabled or otherwise.

Was this drivers glass half full, inevitable no doubt but a major embarrassment.

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morddwyd

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"I intend to make the most of what will be a once in a lifetime experience"

Bit like being bombed in Ulster then!

There are experiences, and then there are experiences!

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bremner

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It seems the writers of the brilliant Twenty Twelve wrote the some of the script yesterday.

The Times today reports that one of the reasons for delays in getting the competitors from Heathrow to the Olympic Village was that Sat Navs provided to the drivers had old maps that did not have the Olympic Park on them.

Of course these things have always happened but it does not mean we can't raise a chuckle.

I predict that this will be one of the best run games ever but really worry that much of what has been built we become white elephants.

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Forum Editor

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"Bit like being bombed in Ulster then!"

What a ridiculous comparison.

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morddwyd

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"What a ridiculous comparison."

No it isn't.

A once in a lifetime experience is a once in a lifetime experience, whether it be the Olympics, going into space, getting a hole in one in golf or stepping on a mine in Kandahar.

Such experiences are not strictly limited to pleasurable ones, but some people still make the most of them, as Simon Weston has shown.

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morddwyd

I think we both know that you're trying to justify what was indeed a ridiculous comparison. Please don't make it worse by ploughing on.

I refuse to believe that you are incapable of recognising the difference between the Olympic Games and being bombed in Ulster.

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morddwyd

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"I think we both know that you're trying to justify what was indeed a ridiculous comparison. Please don't make it worse by ploughing on."

I'm not but I won't.

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Quickbeam

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1966 is a suitable comparable once in a lifetime event...:)

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buteman

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The Taxi drivers are up in arms today as they are not allowed to come out of lane to either pick passengers up or drop them off.

So why not allow them to use the Olympic road lanes and save all the hastle that they are bound to create.

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