28 Jul 2009

London 2012 on track

6:25 am on 28 July 2009

London 2012 chief Lord Coe says preparations for the Olympics are ahead of schedule with exactly three years to go before the opening ceremony.

All 10 of the milestones the Olympic Delivery Authority had set for this stage of preparations have been met.

Coe says not only is this project on track but it will actually deliver some extraordinary prizes.

The first time trial of the "Javelin Train", which will ferry spectators from St Pancras to Stratford International Station, took place today with new diving world champion Tom Daley among the passengers on board.

The journey took six minutes and 45 seconds, 15 seconds quicker than the target of seven minutes.

Organisers claim 37% of the construction work on the Olympic Park site has already been completed.

And Coe, who led London's successful bid for the Games, says they've raised more money than any other host city and we are further down the road with our construction and detailed planning.

The Olympic Stadium is now starting to take shape, with the outer shell that will support the fabric roof and upper tier of seats already completed.