As someone who lives close to London, I just don’t see the attraction of bringing the Olympics to London in 2012. While I can understand in principle why some people might think it’s a good idea, I just don’t see how it can work in practice – particularly from a transportation point of view.
London is an old city – one whose road network has completely failed to keep up with the dramatic increases in traffic. In Paris, where the Périphérique functions as a somewhat decent ring road and the broad avenues can channel a lot of traffic, the main cause of congestion is the overly aggressive drivers. In London, the problem is that the road network just does not have the capacity it needs, no matter how polite the British manage to be on their tiny roads.