Crowds in central London cheer Team GB's medal winners from Athens

London Olympic Facilities: Built for Action

The 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics were enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. These two events were a smashing success, in part because London city officials knew what it would take to make sure that the events occurred according to plan. Once the Olympics began, the public was presented with a product which overshadowed the hard work that countless individuals displayed to make the games happen correctly. In order to accommodate the thousands of fans and spectators, new facilities had to be built to ensure a great experience. The famed Millennium Dome was a facility that never lived up to its intentions. This was the main reason why city officials chose to erect buildings that could serve a purpose and benefit the people of London long after the Olympic Games ended.

One of the facilities which was built was the Olympic Village. This area was comprised of houses for all of the Olympic athletes. However, at the conclusion of the games, the Olympic Village became a district of the Stratford City development. This meant that the village would become a form of affordable public housing for many people in East London. Expansion of transportation facilities also took place during the 2012 Olympics. For example, the East London Line saw vast improvements which were aimed at helping spectators to reach the venues of their choice. The Docklands Light Railway, which was often disregarded in the past, saw vast improvements in facilities, thus making it easier for local residents to make it to and from work.


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Kelly Holmes
Backing the Bid:
Kelly Holmes

"Having a major championship in my home country is brilliant as you feel the whole stadium is rooting for you. It would be just brilliant to have the Olympics in London in 2012 - I look forward to being there and cheering the Great Britain team on."