Lockdown? Lockout more like
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Although Box Hill in Surrey attracted a lot of attention for the no-show G4S security guards, less has been made of the lockdown of the remaining Olympic venues and the knock-on effect. We have just had the full list of postcodes affected by the lockdown and have been surprised at the surcharge being levied by courier companies delivering parcels into these areas.
Presumably the extra costs, which are by negotiation and are expected to start at £30 per delivery, will be for all the hoops that the couriers will have to jump through to get into the areas surrounding these venues. Which is understandable from the couriers' point of view, but does this generate yet another tranche of hidden costs that should be added to the overall cost of the Games?
And while we're on the subject, where did this word lockdown come from - the American penal system? Is its use designed to instil confidence in the abilities of those undertaking the lockdown or spread fear among the population at large, conjuring up images of armed security forces imposing martial law? G4S security staff with guns, now there's a worrying thought.
Whatever your feelings, here is the list of locked-down postcodes which will be affected: