Delayed start for Javelin service
The eagerly anticipate high-speed Javelin train service to Olympic Park got off to an unpromising start after its maiden voyage set off five minutes late.
On the eve of London 2012, the 140mph overland service was due to depart St Pancras station at 7.04am but the Stratford-bound train was slow out of the blocks and did not set off until 7.09am.
One disgruntled commuter using the delayed Southeastern train was a chef working in hospitality at the Olympic Park.
After making his way from Luton to Stratford via St Pancras for the last few days, he said: "Not one of my trains has been on time. It was 15 minutes late one day."
The delayed 7.04am service zipped into Stratford International Station in east London in under seven minutes and is expected to carry thousands of people to and from the Olympic Games.
A global TV audience of more than a billion people are expected to tune into the three-hour opening ceremony this evening, which has been seven years in planning.
Copyright Press Association 2012