Athletes Arrive in London, Buses Lost

Mayor Boris Johnson unconcerned

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Three buses carrying athletes, officials, and journalists from London's Heathrow Airport to the Olympic Village got lost on Monday, taking more than four hours to make the normally 45-minute trip. “Um, so we’ve been lost on the road for 4hrs,” tweeted American hurdler Kerron Clement. “Not a good first impression London.” Thousands of athletes arrived at Heathrow yesterday, making it the busiest day in the airport’s 80-year history. Pre-Olympics infrastructure concerns—back-up at Heathrow, construction traffic on the M4, London’s major highway—were non-issues. The buses moved smoothly, just not in the right direction, as drivers struggled with the GPS-equipped buses. “I understand that some of our visitors took the scenic route,” said the less-than-worried London mayor, Boris Johnson. “They saw more of our fantastic city than they would otherwise have done. And that’s no bad thing.”

Via The New York Times