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London's public transport under heavy pressure

July 4, 2012: In this photo, people are seen aboard a high-speed 12-seater rigid inflatable boat, run by the Protection Services International company as it travels past the Palace of Westminster on London's river Thames.

July 4, 2012: In this photo, people are seen aboard a high-speed 12-seater rigid inflatable boat, run by the Protection Services International company as it travels past the Palace of Westminster on London's river Thames.  (AP2012)

British transport officials have acknowledged there will be some rail delays and disruptions during the London Olympics after two rail links failed as organizers held a rehearsal for Friday's opening ceremony.

Peter Hendy, London's transport chief, said Tuesday "it will get busy" and "we will get some queues." London is bracing to handle 1 million visitors and up to 3 million more journeys a day on public transport during the July 27-Aug. 12 games.

On Monday night, two lines near the Olympic Park stopped working temporarily as thousands of volunteers practiced their opening ceremony roles.

Britain's Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, says even "on a transport system as complex as London's, things do go wrong."

But Greening added that everyone got home thanks to "the resilience" of London's system.