London 2012 & No. 10 Recognise Must Get Heathrow Right
Wednesday 2nd May 2012
Lord Coe says he speaks to the Home Office 'all the time' and everyone from Olympic organisers to the Prime Minister recognises they must get the Heathrow queues sorted.
A question marks remains about the ability for the UK Border Force to cope during the summer especially during the Games, from mid July to mid August, as queues at passport control build on a daily basis now.
"It's being addressed and I am satisfied come Games time it will work for the athletes and IOC officials and won't affect others going about their daily routine" the Chair of the London 2012 Organising Committee said "We are a small part of the jigsaw but important to recognise we have to get this right."
Lord Coe was speaking ahead of first competitive athletics event in Olympic Stadium this weekend the British University Outdoor Championships that the double Olympic champion won in the 400ms in 1981 at Crystal Palace. On Saturday it will culminate with a 2012 hours to go party watched by 40,000 spectators and some British hopes will be racing on track for first and last time before the Games. The preparation work on opening ceremony starts on May 12th.
As security is tight, with restrictions on what you can take in and out, Coe did warn Londoners and ticket holders to expect 'some queueing' during the Olympics.
"It will take longer than when you go to Lords or Wimbledon or Wembley. It is the Olympics and there's an added tier of security but there is no appetite for risk. It's not about 'lockdown London' though or 'siege city' this country has a habit of getting it right."
On the missiles on rooftops again Lord Coe said he followed the advice of experts. "Not for me to second guess what could happen, I leave it to the right people making the right decision. I think most people I speak to are comforted to know we're taking it seriously."