Central Line trains to Olympic Park suspended in fire scare

Jul 31, 2012

Olympic gossip: Problems for London's Tube network as tourist attractions fear backlash


THE INEVITABLE came to pass on Tuesday morning as spectators heading to the Olympic Park were left stranded when the Central Line was suspended after a fire alert during rush-hour. London's transport infrastructure passed its first major test on Monday, but problems on the Central Line and to rail services in and out of Liverpool Street began at around 7am on Tuesday and lasted for most of the morning, even when the Central Line was reopened. The only action at the Olympic Park on Tuesday was at the aquatic centre.

Distraught South Korean fencer Shin Lam spent staged a 90 minute protest on the stage after a controversial loss to German Britta Heidemann in the women’s épée semi-final, reports The Daily Telegraph. Shin thought she had made the final when the clock was reset from zero to one second and her opponent scored the winning point. She was forced to remain on the piste during the appeal protest, as leaving would be seen as acceptance of defeat. Shin also lost the bronze medal play off.

Shop, hotel and theatre owners are complaining that London has become a "ghost town" because of the Olympics and it is ruining their summer business, reports The Daily Telegraph. Some attractions claim that visitor footfall has dropped by a third in the past fortnight because of negative advertising warning of transport chaos in the city. Chief executive of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Bernard Donoghue, is urging Transport for London to send a more positive message to travellers.

Zara Phillips and the rest of the Team GB eventers compete in the final day of team and individual jumping events, beginning at 10.30. Tennis begins at 11.30, with stars including Roger Federer and Andy Murray in action, though the match of the day could belong to Laura Robson and Maria Sharapova in women’s singles. It could finally be the day for gold for Michael Phelps, who takes part in his favourite event, the men’s 200m butterfly, at 19.49. Controversial Ye Shiwen will compete in the 200m individual medley at 20.43.

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