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One of London's main Olympic transport routes failed its first major test ahead of the Games yesterday when tens of thousands faced severe delays as they journeyed to the Olympic Stadium to watch a dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony.

London 2012: Severe delays hit several vital Olympic routes

Passengers suffered delays on several of London’s most important Olympic routes after a series of problems hit the transport network just a few days before the games begin.

Leading article: Give the Shard time to settle into the cityscape

The opening last night of the Shard at London Bridge has prompted a fierce debate about whether a building of this size, and with this set of purposes and values, is really appropriate for London in 2012.

London's brand new £60m 'flying bus' route opens

Having been waved off by a group of north London delicatessen workers, one of a rotating smorgasboard of sectional groups beaming out from an enormous screen in the “terminal building”, a jolt of acceleration begins one's journey on London's brand new £60m flying bus route. “You are cruising at an altitude of 295 feet. Please remain seated at all times,” informs the piped in stewardess.

Markel signs up as first Walkie-Talkie tenant

The Walkie-Talkie skyscraper in London has its first major tenant after Markel signed up yesterday.

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