So, how's the transport network holding up?


As the FT reports, having delivered people to and from the opening ceremony successfully, 'London transport passes its first test'.

No major delays were experienced across the network and traffic figures are down by some 15% on normal, suggesting the the publicity around the Games Lanes (good or bad) is having the hoped-for effect. In fact, it seems like, so far, the biggest problems have been on services leaving the capital (aside from a storm stopping the cable cars for a short while on Sunday). All things considered, that's a good job so far.

Today is the next major challenge for the Games as commuters join spectators on the transport network. Get Ahead of the Games is requesting that visitors stay away from London Bridge and warn that Canary Wharf and Bank will also be exceptionally busy.

The opening ceremony, and commentary around it, has brought about much navel-gazing journalism as to the critical nature of the British. Certainly it seems that, at times, people are almost willing the network to fail so that there's a good story. However, as the Economist points out:

"If things go mostly smoothly during the Olympics, the media may forget there was ever a story that they were planning to tell. I think that would be unfair. Operating the games in London is a huge challenge. If it all keeps running then the capital’s transport systems and planners deserve plaudits. There are many more miles to go before that happens. So far they have been ready and steady."