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The Olympic Legacy

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The Evening Standard runs an article on the promised legacy of the 2012 games, and gives a judgement on current progress:

Already the bid win has paid dividends, with a massive boost in public funding for elite sport contributing to a historic fourth place for Great Britain in the medals table in Beijing.

But there are increasing doubts about whether the 2012 effect will be felt at grass-root level.

Notably missing from the Standard's Olympic coverage is any mention of transport. An extract from our own Transport Manifesto piece:

The Javelin train, whilst not ground-breaking technology, would seem - along with the East London Line refit - to be the enduring transport legacy of the Games... Nothing else in London's near future will encourage such an outpouring of funds or effort. In central London it will continue to be simpler for Government to look at the 'quick' fixes of adding another carriage or putting on another bus.

The regeneration of East London is key to both the Olympic plan, and was Ken Livingstone's stated reason for chasing the games in the first place. Such regeneration cannot occur without a modern, efficient transport system to carry people to and from the area.

Other, similar regeneration schemes elsewhere in the capital will rely on the success of the East London Line refit and Javelin train to prove that such efforts deliver results

The regeneration of other areas - the ability to lure business to base itself out of the centre - will rely on good transport links. The Olympic Transport Plan is perhaps the most important legacy commitment of the 2012 Games - it's delivery should be monitored just as closely as that of the Games' sporting legacy.