Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Greens Ask 2012 VIPs to Steer Clear of Free Cars

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Greens Ask 2012 VIPs to Steer Clear of Free Cars

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD

HUNDREDS of VIPs at the London Olympics are being urged to contribute tothe "greenest Games ever" by shunning a free car service.

Green campaigners have asked dignitaries from the 200-plus participatingnations and 110 members of the International Olympic Committee to use publictransport instead.

Earlier this month it emerged the IOC had requested a fleet of more than 3,000chauffeur-driven cars to be used on a network of dedicated Olympic lanes. Noneof the 10,500 athletes will be able to use them, while the public are beingurged to take trains or the Tube to venues.

Jenny Jones, a Green member of the London Assembly who wrote to the VIPs, said:"London is being billed as a pubic transport Games and the majority will havelittle choice. Vast sums have been invested and I don't see why it's not goodenough for the VIPs.

I would like to see it being used by everyone, including the IOC president.

During the bid much was made of the good Tube links from where the VIPs arestaying to the Olympic Park. …

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