Athletes Arrive in London, Buses Lost

Mayor Boris Johnson unconcerned


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