Thanks to Diamond Geezer for his heads-up about Olympics organisers warning that
we might as well just all bugger off in summer 2012 is going to be a bit sticky, to say the least.
For those of us south of the river, there’s special maps for “Canary Wharf” (and Greenwich town centre and Deptford), “Greenwich” (but which is really just east Greenwich), Woolwich (and Charlton), Lewisham (and Brockley) and Blackheath. For all the others, head here.
A lot of this is just common sense – Woolwich Arsenal station will be busy. Greenwich, Cutty Sark and Maze Hill stations will also be busy. So will North Greenwich. There’s some sensible things in there, like dates when the stations will be the busiest. But overall, the message is of doom – especially if you live between Greenwich and Woolwich and are thinking of using any sort of rail service. Jubilee Line? Avoid. DLR? Avoid? North Kent line? Essential journeys only.
While I’m fully prepared for things to be a bit sticky at Charlton, it’s surely not going to be much beyond what locals are already used to, after 10 years of Dome/O2 usage and fortnightly usage by thousands of football fans. And I’m a bit concerned that Maze Hill, with its rickety footbridge, will have trouble coping. But Westcombe Park – delays of up to an hour? Really?
They’re even predicting delays at sleepy Ladywell, south of Lewisham and Crofton Park, at the bottom end of Brockley. I imagine LOCOG is merely sharing its worst “just in case” scenarios – so after the summer is over, we can all breathe a sigh of relief and pat them on the back for their excellent work. But by warning great chunks of London to avoid using public transport altogether, they’re adding to the impression that the people of the capital are simply an inconvenience who’ll get in the way of the chief executive of Coca-Cola’s journeys between
dinners venues – just like they did when they moved the marathon route out of the East End.
After all, aren’t we meant to be promoting Greenwich as being open for business as (sort of) usual during the games?
In other Olympics news, the protester who damaged course markers in Greenwich Park is claiming a “moral victory” after the CPS dropped charges against him.