THE SICK, the elderly and vital blood and organ supplies will be forced to wait in snarled-up Olympic traffic while corporate bosses use a 4000-strong fleet of BMW limousines to be whisked across London in specially designated lanes.
London ambulance chiefs assumed medical vehicles would also be allowed to use the demarcated lanes, designed to allow easy access to Olympic venues both for athletes and 'the Olympic family'.
But Transport for London (TfL) and the London Olympic Organising Committee have banned the routine use by ambulances of the 'Games lanes'.
The Games Lanes are 30 miles of specially designated road introduced to ensure that VIPs can travel quickly to events.
The Olympic family comprises of athletes, officials and sponsors, including Coca-Cola and McDonald's. BMW has donated 4,000 3 and 5 series cars to be used during the Games.
The decision to reject a request for access from NHS London, the capital's strategic health authority, has led to a storm of anger. Ambulances using blue lights will be allowed to use the lanes – but this still excludes many urgent journeys.
Leah Bevington, head of communication at Medical Services, said: “This means that sick people, often elderly and frail, urgent blood supplies, oxygen, will all be made to wait in traffic.”
“I really, really can't see how elderly sick people who live here aren't as important. They should be at the top of the list.”
TfL said: “There is significant demand from the police, utilities and others to use the Games lanes for critical operational reasons which fall short of actual emergencies. To give blanket approval to all these would undermine the performance of the whole Olympic Route Network and Paralympic Route Network and in particular jeopardise the journey time commitments in the host city contract.”