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Jowell takes charge

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LONDON'S OLYMPIC Delivery Authority (ODA) will answer directly to Olympics minister and culture secretary Tessa Jowell, it was revealed last week.

Jowell's role was confirmed in the enabling bill for the London Olympics.

The bill also enables the ODA to issue compulsory purchase orders for land on the Olympic park site in east London and confirms the ODA's responsibility for procuring Olympic Games venues.

The ODA will have the power to veto major highways work in London if it 'might reasonably be expected to affect transport needs connected to the Games'.

The ODA will also work with Jowell to set up the Olympic Route Network - roads with priority lanes for vehicles carrying athletes and Olympic officials.

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