Traffic headaches big part of London games

Traffic headaches big part of London games

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by DAVE WAGNER / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on July 27, 2012 at 6:56 AM

LONDON -- The opening ceremonies start tonight to kickoff the London 2012 games. 

After years of planning, organizers say they’re ready, but getting hundreds of thousands of people to Olympic Park could be a challenge.

If you journey on London’s famous double-decker buses, you’ll experience the joy of the Olympic Games and the gridlock on London streets.

It is morning rush hour, and a 30-minute ride by train, takes two hours if you’re driving.

Mark Halbig is a tour guide and battles this mess every day.  While Halbig navigates the crush of cars, London’s taxi drivers are gearing up for gridlock.

They are angry because they’re not allowed to use the Olympic lanes during the games.

On Monday, they staged a protest by putting their cars in park, causing a major traffic jam and we were stuck in the middle of it.

Today, on the day of opening ceremonies, the drivers vow to do it again -- bringing the games to a screeching halt before they even begin.

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