New survey says London Olympics will be a let-down

The 2012 Olympics in London is set to fall short, with essential public services like transport facilities, healthcare and policing set to not be up to scratch, if you believe a survey published yesterday.

According to the Guardian the research, which was carried out by the Institute of Customer Service (ICS), shows that a third (32%) believe public services are good enough to cope with the huge strain that will be placed on them during the Games. This would have serious repercussions for the UK economy, as 77% of those asked believe the Olympics would damage London’s reputation as a major business destination, as well as its reputation amongst tourists. Jo Causon, the CEO of ICS says:

“Any large-scale event inevitably puts increased pressure on public services. However, the worldwide prestige of the Olympics also places these essential services under an intense global media spotlight, rendering excellence in service delivery imperative.”

If the public services fall short, it would cause damage to the UK economy and prove as an embarrassment for the Olympic Delivery Authority, who are in charge of organising the 2012 Games. This survey will be more bad news for the ODA, the same day as its Chief Executive David Higgins announced he is quitting his post to join Network Rail in February 2011, 18 months before the Games is about to start.

Currently the Olympic Delivery Authority has spent around £7.2 billion on the 2012 Games, of which £5 billion has been awarded to British firms to carry out the work on the numerous projects going on, including the Olympic Stadium and Olympic Village. The games are predicted to create around £2 billion for the UK economy due to tourism and the hundreds of thousands of people that will arrive in London for the Games.

Do you agree with this survey that the Olympics will be a let-down? Or will it be a success?


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Posted on September 29, 2010, in electrician, plumbing, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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