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Better late than never for the Olympic Javelin

The train left London four minutes late Photo: Mike Pearse

The first official Javelin train left St Pancras around four minutes late this morning but no one complained, writes our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse. Perhaps it was just bad luck being it left from Platform 13! The train was the 0704 and several hundred people were on it.

In the cab a driver based at the Ashford depot with a beaming smile and like all the staff at St Pancras proud to be at the centre of the games and attention from the press.

The next two weeks will see much busier trains with up to 25,000 passengers an hour.

Southeastern MD Charles Horton was at St Pancras to see the first train off. He said it would be a very busy time but years had gone into the planning. Despite our short delay this morning current figures show 99 per cent of services are on time.

Horton said "look out the figures almost every train on time. Typical ours was the late one."

As we arrived at Stratford it was the rain that put a damper on the first train. The driver had to put on the wipers to clear the drizzle. In the drivers cab we reached speds of around 125 miles an hour.

So far the operation has worked very well for Southeastern with plenty of staff and a steady stream of passengers. The big test will come on Monday when commuters and those going to the Olympics travel together. Mr Horton insists the company will cope but he admits it will be "very busy."