Catching London Overground from Hackney Wick to Stratford, which will be the main station that Games visitors will flow through. Then on to the Docklands Light Railway DLR to Pudding Mill Lane. The official place to view the construction of the Olympic Park is situated here at View Tube.
The DLR line is going to be heavily used during the Games as many of the events are in the The River Zone, which is Excel and at Greenwich (photos to come). London Transport are also linking up Stratford with St Pancras via the high-speed Javelin – I will have to look out for it next time!
Workmen and landscapers still hard at work on site.
Looking right of the Olympic Stadium, the rest of the Olympic Park is visible. The Orbit is to the left, the Aquatics Centre to its right and Stratford City (photos to come) in the distance.
Caught The Orbit reflecting in the landscapers van. he kindly allowed me to take a photo. It seems to have attracted a variety of opinions. Personally I have yet to like it. Here is its installations on the artists Anish Kapoor’s site.
Road To 2012
Came across the National Portrait Gallery’s Road to 2012 Exhibition, situated near the View Tube. Amazing large-scale portrait photos telling human stories of their Olympic Journey:
‘The National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 Project is capturing the journey towards the London 2012 Games and is creating a lasting record of the people who are contributing to this exciting event. From world-class athletes and those working behind the scenes, to people living and working in the Olympic host boroughs, the project celebrates stories of inspirational achievement.’
Really interesting project and there is a Flickr group for contributions.
Finding myself with a few days in London, courtesy of having booked for a London Ambassador training event which was cancelled. I sought to make the most of my trip to visit two of the Olympic Games sites: The Olympic Park and The River Zone (posts to follow over next few days / weeks).
But first, after living in the more relaxed City of Cardiff, I had to adjust to the ‘pace’: London Underground, DLR, Thames Clippers, and faster walking…
Digging out my Oyster Card, I was able to add my Disabled Persons Railcard so I’d get further reductions on travel. Games visitors are given a one day Games Travelcard for London transport. However for further sightseeing before or after their Games event they are encouraged to buy a Visitors Oyster Card. This will make travel around London infinitely smoother. If you are a disabled UK resident it is also worth adding your Railcard discount on to you Oyster card as I did (you can do this on the standard Oyster Card, you would need to ask as regards the Visitor Oyster Card). This is the same for Senior, Young and HM Forces Railcard holders.
‘The journey begins the moment you step on the train. Clouds gather queuing for their place in the sky. A year of progression…’ JL 12.01.12