In a sign that does not bode well for next summer’s celebration of sporting excellence, the biggest test event so far for the 2012 Olympic Games was marred yesterday by angry confrontations between drivers and stewards.
Oh, dear. What went wrong?
Any environmentally friendly effect of the London-Surrey Cycle Classic was negated by queues of traffic in west London and Surrey, as motorists struggled to make sense of road closures and diversions.
Was it unnecessarily complex, then?
Sitting in hot cars, with many being forced to make creative three-point-turns down back streets, Londoners complained of “transport chaos”. Most said the race stewards who had been bussed in from around the country had no idea where to direct them.
Surely not! Surely they had trained personnel to….
… one steward manning a closed road in south-west London, who did not wish to be identified, described the traffic as “chaotic”. He said he had not been provided with a map or information about which roads were closed. “We’re from Swindon – it would have been good to get a highlighted map of where to send people,” he said.
Yes. Yes, it really would…
TfL’s managing director of surface transport Leon Daniels said the public had been properly forewarned of the event. “Today’s test event is an essential part of the preparation for the London 2012 Games…”
And you failed. Perhaps someone should be fired?
Debbie Jevans, London 2012 Director of Sport, said: “I want to thank London and Surrey residents for changing their normal Sunday to accommodate this race.”
That’s nice of you. They didn’t have a choice, though, did they?