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27 Jul 2009
As the reality of the Olympics in Newham draws nearer there is no sign of any hiccups in its progress. Today, Seb Coe is showcasing the radical transformation of Stratford with an event to mark three years until the 2012 Game's opening ceremony. The new high speed Javelin train from St Pancras  to Stratford was used to take athletes and officials to the Olympic site for sneak preview of what is install. Over 25,000 people an hour will be transported by the train during games and it forms a major part of the Governments transport strategy for the games. The guests were shown around the park which has begun to look like the finished article. Coe stated that 'we're on budget, we're on track and we have an ambition to deliver a great games' and who are we to disagree. 

This came after local officials marked the event with a community open day in Stratford Park on the 25th of July. It was an opportunity for local residents to put questions to councillors and the Council's Active Community Team about the Games and its effects. Stratford Councillor, Richard Crawford said 'there is an overwhelming sense of local people being excited by the Olympics. There will be lots of physical changes happening as a result but we also want social and economic change to happen too.' The entire area will see the benefits of the Games with new jobs, infrastructure and a new image helping East London to thrive. However, this event was not entirely a question and answer on Stratford's Olympic future. The young of the borough were encouraged to get involved with the free sporting activities that were on offer, including tennis, football and cricket coaching.

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