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Olympic Legacy

Volume 473: debated on Monday 10 March 2008

The question picks up the important point about legacy. The Government’s position is clear. The strength of the legacy left by the Olympic games is as important as the quality of the sporting experience and its delivery on time and on budget. The lasting legacy is being developed around five specific ambitions—sport, young people, jobs and skills, sustainability and the regeneration of east London. We will shortly publish the first of the detailed plans indicating how the legacy will be realised across Government.

One of the legacies of the Olympics should be a more accessible transport system in London. What assurances has the Minister received from the Secretary of State for Transport that the collapse of Metronet will not delay the development of a more accessible underground beyond the Olympics, which would damage that accessible transport legacy?

All the transport infrastructure will meet the highest standards of accessibility. As the hon. Gentleman knows, between now and 2012 London’s transport will benefit from investment of more than £11 billion with Crossrail to follow, which is why it is important that London has a Mayor who understands the importance of transport to the people of London.

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