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Speed Up Your Games Plan, MPs Tell Olympics Agency

Magazine article Public Finance

Speed Up Your Games Plan, MPs Tell Olympics Agency

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The Olympic Development Agency this week found itself on the receiving end of some peculiarly apposite historical advice: don't wait for China to deliver your great leap forward.

The warning came from the Commons' transport select committee, which is unhappy about the ODA's lack of progress on the transport plan and infrastructure that will support the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

MPs on the committee are concerned that the ODA could wait until after China hosts the 2008 Olympics in Beijing before fleshing out its important transport contingency plan. This will outline how London will deal with security threats, serious transport failures or other emergencies during the event.

A draft plan last year provided the ODA with the opportunity to take a 'great leap forward', the committee said, but progress since had been slow. Up to £17bn could be invested in London's transport network in advance of the Olympics.

The committee, chaired by Labour's Gwyneth Dunwoody, published a report on February 20 arguing that the ODA was behind schedule with its contingency planning and should begin the delivery phase as soon as possible. …

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