Olympics have ring of success says union

06 July 2005

Andy Reed, National Organiser of train driver’s union ASLEF, said the award of the 2012 Olympic Games to London was ‘a massive plus and a wonderful opportunity for us all’.

Andy is enthusiastic about the possibilities for regeneration in the East End of London, one of the poorest areas of the country.

‘It is a chance to invest money with genuine belief that something positive – and permanent - will emerge,’ he said. ‘These Games could bring real improvements to the facilities, the appearance, the housing – and the transport system – of some of London’s most deprived areas.’

Andy said that improved cross London rail services were an obvious and primary need if the Games were to be successful. ‘The capital has never had acceptable cross-London rail links,’ he said. ‘Now is the time to put that right.’

He said more trains, and more drivers, were the way transport in the capital needed to develop ‘for the Olympic Games in the short term, for Londoners in the longer term, and for all our benefit in the future as we grow increasingly aware about danger to our environment.’

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