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The first Olympic 'Games lane' opened on the M4 today, accompanied by a 32-mile long traffic queue.

An accident on the motorway near Reading combined with the new 'priority' lane to create a queue that at one point stretched as far back as the A34 - 32 miles away.

The VIP Games lanes - set to come into force in central London on July 25 as the Olympics approach - are designed to whisk London 2012 athletes, officials and sponsors to Olympics venues ahead of other traffic.

Motorists who are not permitted to use Games lanes will be fined £130 if they use them.

Experts have warned that the slightest accident on London's roads while the Games lanes are in force could bring the whole capital to a standstill - a claim reinforced by today's 32-mile-long queue.

However, sport minister Hugh Robertson said authorities would lift restrictions on Games lanes should a gridlock occur.

Image: Getty


London 2012: 32 mile queue on M4 as Olympic lane opens
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