Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Corporation of London

  1.  The Corporation of London is supportive of international sporting events being held in London. It has a long tradition of supporting major events such as the London Olympics in 1948 and the World Cup in 1966. More recently we supported and hosted an event for Euro '96 and backed the bid for the World Cup in 2006. We would also endorse the holding of the International Athletics competition in 2005 and support the Mayor of London in a bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

  2.  The Corporation feel, however, that a factor that could delay progress on the staging of international sporting events in the United Kingdom is transport. This is especially the case in London where the transport infrastructure is already overcrowded and prone to failures under present usage levels. A major international sporting event would place further burden on the already strained London public transport system which in turn could adversely affect the essential business of the "Square Mile" which, of course, is the Corporation's main concern. A sporting event staged in cities elsewhere in the UK, such as Manchester or Sheffield, could still have detrimental effects to London public transport because many spectators would travel through London to get to their destination. It is for this reason that the Corporation is strongly in favour of initiatives such as CrossRail and the extension of the East London Line that would ease the burden on the current infrastructure.

  3.  The Committee may therefore wish to consider as part of their inquiry the issue of transport as a hindrance to the further promotion of the UK, and indeed London, as a stage for major international sporting events.

December 2000

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