It was meant to be the “longest and tallest tunnel slide” in the world and cost just £5 for visitors to the London Olympic Park. But like every other scheme by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the costs are out of control.
The Orbit Tower was been pushed by Boris as a tourist attraction for the Olympic Park. But it soon became an expensive white elephant. Instead of generating millions of pounds a year from visiting tourists it’s is losing over £10,000 a week — over half a million a year.
So, a plan was hatched to put a slide through it (above) at a cost of another £3.5 million. Moreover, while spinners cite the cost as £5 they conveniently omit to mention it costs £12 to get to the top.
£17 in total. For a 40 second slide. Seriously.