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Crowd control: Is London travel-ready for Summer 2012?

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London Assembly’s transport committee grilled London and Olympic travel executives on Tuesday about what Transport for London (TfL) calls “100 days of extraordinary operation,” a period which includes both the 2012 Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The Transport Committee, which presses for travel improvements for Londoners, heard that the hardware is there but more needs to done to ensure London’s transport infrastructure can take the strain during a period when a third of Londoners will be obliged to significantly change their travel patterns.

UK transport bosses must tread a fine line enacting programmes which both address strict Games regulations and the needs of Londoners. It is a balancing act, but one in which local politicians see scope for common-sense tweaks.

As committee chair Caroline Pidgeon told me, “They’re not going to take the Games away from us if we do some things that aren’t quite what we signed up to. So let’s have some sense in this, and push boundaries.”