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Olympics will be Britain's largest 'peace-time logistical exercise'

By: Ashley Curtis
09 January 2012

The sheer vast amount of logistical prowess involved in organising the 2012 London Olympics will become the largest peace-time logistical exercise, reports Press Association.

Around nine million spectators for the Olympic Games and two million spectators for the Paralympic Games will descend on the capital, along with nearly 300,000 athletes, officials, media representatives and other connected to the event.

Those in logistics work are being warned that a number of main line and Underground train stations will become very crowded during certain points of the day, with passengers "having to wait longer than 30 minutes to get on trains at the busiest moments".

London Bridge, Canary Wharf and Bond Street have been earmarked as high traffic stations.

Thousands of people descending on the capital for the games could cause heavy traffic in and around the stations themselves, causing the roads to backlog. This could be harmful for the delivery times of cargo so drivers are being urged to err on the side of caution when it comes to using roads during the Games.

London Mayor Boris Johnson commented on the legacy of the games to The Telegraph: "We can now start the run in to a fantastic year of celebration with huge pride and optimism that London will stage a great Games delivering lasting sustainable benefits long after the athletes have departed."

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