Biggest ever Olympic test exercise begins

Four thousand people are taking part in the largest ever simulation of Olympic operations from today (24 April).

Biggest ever Olympic test exercise begins
Biggest ever Olympic test exercise begins

Olympic organisers and the Government are working with emergency services, local councils and health and transport services to similate incidents which could happen during the Games, such as transport problems and emergencies.

The Command Post Exercise is the third and final event in a series of test operations. It will run until Thursday (26 April) and is using table-top simulations around the country to plan for different outcomes.

This test will replicate 4 – 6 August, the eighth, ninth and tenth days of the Olympics. Over the three-day period, 14 venues will host 26 sports events including beach volleyball at Horse Guards Parade, the triathlon in Hyde Park and tennis events at Wimbledon.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said the exercise will test the "effectiveness, resilience and decision-making capability of key Games-time command and control structures and processes."

Jeremy Hunt, secretary of state for culture, Olympics, media and sport, said: "Obviously nothing can fully prepare us for the reality of hosting the world’s biggest sporting event, but we really want to make sure we do all we can to ensure we deliver an Olympics and Paralympics that are as safe and secure as possible, while also making sure everyone involved has a great time."

The tests come as London braces itself for a four-day tube maintenance worker strike, from 4pm today until 4pm on Friday (27 April).

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