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The Latest Pictures of London's Race to the Olympics

Monday marked the beginning of London's true Olympics travel rush, with the volume of passengers making their way through the U.K.'s airports and public transit systems, not to mention traveling along its highways, nearing its peak.

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Cities London correspondent Feargus O'Sullivan summed up the first day of commuting chaos, which included reports of a 32-mile traffic jam, Heathrow's busiest day ever, and athletes being lost for 4 hours on their way to Olympic Village.

Olympic Park itself however, is not in the same state of stress (yet). These facilities are instead getting their final touch-ups as athletes start to arrive. 

Via Reuters, a closer look at London over the last few days, as the 2012 Summer Games begins to make its presence known: 

Commuters make their way through Stratford underground station near the site of the 2012 London Olympics stadium in London during rush hour July 16, 2012. London's main Heathrow Airport was ready for its busiest day on record, while the Olympic village opened its doors to the first athletes. London mayor Boris Johnson said the city was ready for the Games, the transport system would cope and visitors would be safe. REUTERS/Russell Boyce 

Members of the Italian Olympic squad arrive at Heathrow airport, London, July 16, 2012. The first wave of Olympic athletes and visitors began pouring into Britain on Monday and officials played down fears that a packed London would buckle under the pressure of its biggest peacetime security and transport operation. REUTERS/Paul Hackett 

A London taxi uses the red Olympic lane on the M4 from Heathrow Airport into central London, July 16, 2012. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

Fibre jointers Mark Richardson (L) and Andrew Shaddick work near the Riverbank Arena in the London 2012 Olympic Park. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Workmen fix signage in the London 2012 Olympic Park. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Tourists stand outside the security fence surrounding the Olympic Village. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 

Members of the armed forces take a tour of Olympic Park. London's Olympic Games is not threatened by a major security contractor's failure to find enough staff, ministers and the head of the city's organizing committee said on Sunday, seeking to quell a political storm ahead of athletes' arrival. REUTERS/Andrew Winning 

A worker talks on a mobile phone at the Olympic Park in Stratford. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 

A worker puts the finishing touches on a cloud-shaped installation at Olympic Park. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett 

Workers construct satellite dishes for the world's media ahead of the Olympic Games. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Lenore Gerschwitz rakes a practice beach volley ball court ahead of teams arriving for the London 2012 Olympic Games. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Work continues on the roof of the Water Polo Arena. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor 

Work continues on preparing the Olympic Stadium ahead of the Opening Ceremony. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor 

Workers install a large convex mirror which reflects the Olympic Stadium at a sponsor's stand. REUTERS/Andrew Winning

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, holds a packet of Olympic branded condoms during his visit to the Olympic Village at the 2012 Olympic Park in London July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Scott Heavey

Mark Byrnes is an associate editor at The Atlantic Cities. All posts »

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