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Assembly challenges Transport Minister Jim on Olympic routes

PUBLISHED: 20:46 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour)

Jim Fitzpatrick (Labour)

THE London Assembly has thrown down a challenge to Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick to be quizzed in public on the Government’s proposed Olympic Route Network’ which gives priority lanes to athletes and sports officials. They fear the temporary network’ will lead to more controls afterwards, including more traffic signals and more cameras

By Mike Brooke

THE London Assembly has thrown down a challenge to Transport Minister Jim Fitzpatrick to be quizzed in public on the Government’s proposed Olympic Route Netw0ork’ which gives priority lanes to athletes and sports officials.

The Assembly fears the temporary network’ will lead to more controls afterwards, including more traffic signals and more cameras.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary and MP for Poplar in East London—where the 2012 Games take place—is being challenged about roads in 26 of the 33 London boroughs being earmarked for priority’ restrictions.

Assembly Member Andrew Boff said: “We see no good reason why the Minister should not meet London’s elected assembly to discuss the plans.”

They fear the two-week temporary restrictions planned for the summer of 2012 will permanently alter traffic-light signaling and lead to new a new traffic control centre operating yet more traffic signals and more CCTV cameras than at present.

The elected Assembly cannot respond on behalf of Londoners to the Government’s proposals while non-commercially confidential data is not being made available, they stress.

Jenny Jones, who called for Jim Fitzpatrick to be up front’ with the plans, demanded: “Why on Earth is it all such a big secret?”

The Assembly voted by 19 votes, with none against, to invite him to City Hall to answer questions.

It also calls on the Mayor and International Olympic committee to make public all non-commercially confidential information on the proposed restrictions.


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