Lost bus driver welcomes Aussie athletes with round-about trip to Olympic village
The horror bus ride for the Australian sailors and officials came just after a busload of American athletes found themselves lost for more than four hours on a journey that should have taken 45 minutes following the introduction of "Olympics only" road lanes.
One US athlete tweeted during that journey that his colleagues were " sleepy, hungry and need to pee."
Damian Kelly, a media officer who was in the unfortunate Australian group, said that after a 23-hour flight from Australia they were pleased with their initial experience at Heathrow, which in recent months has seen immigration queues of more than two hours.
"They had special Olympic lanes so we raced through the customs process which was great," he said.
"But then we had to wait an hour and 45 minutes for a bus that was supposed to be waiting for us, and the actual trip took more than two hours and went all over the place.
"I think we visited everywhere on the Monopoly board except Mayfair.
"The driver said he had been flown in from Dublin for the job and admitted he was lost, and he hadn't been shown how to use the sat nav system on the bus.
"They also hadn't loaded the Olympic Village into the GPS system and some of our guys ended up trying to guide him to Stratford."
Having flown in at dawn the group did not reach the village until after 11 am, when they then needed to begin the lengthy process of collecting their kit and being assigned rooms.
The hiring of bus drivers who do not know London follows the continuing fiasco surrounding the security firm G4S, which admitted last week that it had failed to hire and train up to 3500 of the10,000 guards it was contracted to supply.
They should have offered the unemployed free "trainers" and hoodies to drive the buses.