LONDON – As Londoners moan and groan about the traffic woes in their city – including the possibility of a strike Tuesday be the famous black cabs – there is one solution that is the early medal contender for speed.
The so-called Javelin Train from St. Pancras Station in Central London promises a journey to the East London located Olympic Park in less than seven minutes. By my stop watch, it clocked in at 6:27 as the high-speed train made the mostly underground run smooth and efficiently.
Add tens of thousands of spectators once the Games begin and things may be decidedly less efficient, but with St. Pancras just across the road from the Team Sun hotel, so far it’s the only way to fly.
Traffic remains the biggest worry for Games officials and Londoners alike and not just for the threatened strike. Games-only lanes on many of the motorways have the cabbies incensed to the point that they have threatened to strike. On top of that, certain areas of the city require a fee of more than 10 pounds ($15 plus) just to enter and after that, good luck finding a parking spot.