Posted by: olymponomics | April 28, 2012

Further warnings about Heathrow and the Olympics

With the processing of immigration controls already proving to be problematic at Heathrow at a time of normal demand, the publication of a Select Committee report that questions whether London Heathrow Airport will be able to cope with peak demand during the Olympics. A further potential concern highlighted by this warning is that the minister with overall responsibility, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whom the Select Committee have submitted their findings to, is currently embroiled in a major political crisis over his links with News International and its bid for BSkyB. ‘Political risk’ is a significant issue more widely in relation to the Olympic programme during the run-up to the Games, since political upheavals in ministries with major responsibilities for event operations and security (i.e. DCMS and the Home Office) have the potential to paralyse planning for periods of time and result in losses of institutional memory. The precise timing in those sorts of incidences would be critical if they were to occur.

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