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Olympics: No losses reported

2012-10-23 18:15

London - The London Olympics and Paralympics came in £377m under budget, according to government figures released on Tuesday.

Ministers had given the Games a total budget of £9.29bn - nearly four times the original estimate when London's bid won in 2005 - but the projected cost is £8.92bn.

Sports Minister Hugh Robertson said construction and transport for the Games had cost less than expected, and that the underspend was a "conservative" estimate as some contingency funding is yet to be released.

He described organisers' delivery of the events on budget as "a tremendous success".

"I have no doubt that London 2012 has set a new benchmark for the management of Olympic and Paralympic Games in future," he said.

"The predictions that I made this summer that we could bring this project in at under £9bn has almost certainly been met."

The final budget was almost four times the original £2.4bn cost estimated at the time of London's bid for the Games in 2005.

But Robertson said this figure had overlooked costs such as security, tax and regeneration, and that there had been "recognition right from the word go that figure would have to change dramatically on the basis of delivering the Games".

Organisers are still in talks with the disgraced security firm G4S over how much it should repay following its failure to provide enough guards for the Games, which forced the government to draft in 4 700 troops to fill the gaps.

The company said in August that it expected to lose £50m over the fiasco.

Around £103m of Olympic contingency funding is still being held to cover ongoing projects such as the transformation of the Athletes' Village into housing.

An additional £480m of uncommitted contingency funding remains to be released, while around 2 000 contracts have yet to be closed.

The Olympic Delivery Authority's construction and transport programme cost an estimated £6.71bn, £47m less than the previous estimate.
 

AFP