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Olympic bike park soon to be open to the public

The Velopark being constructed on the Olympic Park site Credit: London Legacy Development Corporation

Bookings for London's new cycling hub are available from today.

The Lee Valley VeloPark hosted the cycling events at the 2012 Olympics and will be home to road, track, BMX and mountain biking facilities when it opens to the public next month.

But cyclists have warned that amateur riders will need to go through a special training session before taking to the park's famous velodrome circuit.


  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

Boris on Olympic South Park: 'We took the precaution of killing Kenny'

Boris Johnson is being questioned by the London Assembly about the legacy of the Olympic Park. The Mayor is in full flow: "I'm going down South Park, I'm gonna have myself a time. We took the precaution of killing Kenny".

Boris Johnson seen at the Olympic Park in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Boris Johnson has told the London Assembly that the Olympic Park will be self-financing by 2017.


  1. Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

London Aquatics Centre to open to public in March

London 2012 Aquatics Centre where Tom Daley won his Olympic medal opens to the public on March 1st. Swimmers and divers who want to try out the three pools are warned to book on-line to avoid queues.

Aquatics Centre during building work to transform the site Credit: Press Association

Ticket prices are expected to be under £5 for adults thanks to a "cross-subsidy" funding package involving the Copper Box. The Aquatics Centre will host the 2014 Fina Diving World Series.

Who will foot the bill for the stadium transformation?

Conservative London Assembly member Andrew Boff said it still wasn't clear where the cash was coming from and who's paying for the transformation of the stadium.

The stadium's triangular floodlights have already been removed Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

Andrew Boff added: "We still don't really know, but chances are we're all contributing. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for Premiership football clubs.

"The £154 million has to come from an already stretched LLDC budget and the knock-on effect is that the rest of the transformation of the park - the really important stuff such as housing - will suffer as a result.

"Only by ditching the requirement for the athletics track, are we likely to see more bids from the private sector, for a proper football stadium rather than the hybrid fudge we currently have."

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