London’s first set of giant Olympic Rings have been unveiled at St Pancras International station kicking off the transformation of the capital into the Host City of the London 2012 Games.
“This is a special moment for London”, said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. “The iconic Olympic Rings at St Pancras are a reminder to Londoners and visitors alike that the greatest sporting event in the world is now just round the corner.”
The aluminium Rings measure 20 metres wide by nine metres high and weigh 2,300 kilograms. They were transported in 39 separate parts to St Pancras International, where they were secretly assembled and installed over seven nights.
During the Games, St Pancras International will be one of the key access points to the Olympic Park: the high-speed Javelin® service will take 25,000 visitors per hour to and from the Games in a seven-minute journey to Stratford International.