Four days to go and delays hit Olympic Tube and rail routes
Olympic gossip: Boris insists London is ready, but commuters face transport problems
THE MAIN public transport routes to the London Olympics were hit by serious delays on Monday morning. On the Tube there were "severe delays" on the Jubilee Line after a fault problem that prevented the platform edge doors from opening and closing at North Greenwich, the station that serves the venue hosting gymnastics and basketball. Later, the westbound Central Line was suspended as a result of a person under a train between White City and Liverpool Street. The Docklands Light Railway, another key route to the Olympic park, and London Overground services to Stratford were hit by delays after signal problems and a broken down train.
Brazil's footballers avoid village temptations
The Olympic village has "too many temptations" for Brazils footballers, according to coach Mano Menezes and the young squad, under "huge pressure" to win Olympic football gold, has decamped to a quiet hotel in the Hertfordshire countryside, reports The Guardian. Menezes says that the players, who will face Egypt, Belarus, and New Zealand, "know what we are capable of", but maintains that they have "serious work to do" leading up to the Games.
Rain predicted for Games opening ceremony
It seems Danny Boyle won't need to simulate clouds raining down over the Olympic opening ceremony after all, as weather forecasters predict showers for Friday night says The Independent. Although Britain will bask in sunshine and temperatures of 30C this week, Bill Payne, MeteoGroup forecaster, says the end of the week will be "a lot cooler and more unsettled". William Hill is offering odds of 3/1 on rain during the opening ceremony.
Homeowners fail to 'cash in' on Games
Just one in ten homeowners intending to "cash in" by renting out their homes during the Olympics have been successful, according to research by flat and houseshare website SpareRoom.co.uk. Spokesman Matt Hutchinson said some homeowners had profited but added that "supply has easily outstripped the demand". The research showed just 11 per cent of landowners managed to rent out their property for all or part of the games.
London 'prepared' for Games, says Boris
Mayor Boris Johnson believes London is "as well-prepared as any city in Olympic history" for the Games, reports the BBC, and insists that the Games have already brought in a "fantastic investment" to the capital. The mayor's comments come after fears over transport, strikes and security. IOC president Jacques Rogge says he is satisfied with the security while Johnson believes the traffic and transport systems are "holding up well, touch wood".