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London 2012: Weymouth and Portland travel plans announced

  • 17 January 2012
  • From the section Dorset
LOCOG Test Events for London 2012 - Weymouth and Portland International Regatta
Image caption Weymouth and Portland will host the sailing events during the 2012 Olympics

Transport plans for visitors to the Olympic sailing events in Dorset have been announced.

Designated pedestrian routes, park and ride and cycle parking are planned for the estimated 30,000 extra visitors to Weymouth and Portland each day.

Matthew Piles, 2012 roads and traffic manager, said the measures would ensure "safe, secure and efficient travel".

Designated "Games Lanes" which will be used in London to move athletes and officials are not planned for Dorset.

Plans for the county include five park and ride sites with dedicated walking routes from the railway station and bus drop off points.

As a designated Olympic Route Network the A354 in Weymouth will become a clearway during the Games.

Security considerations will include check point areas, the closure on the Esplanade, Westham Road and part of King Street in Weymouth between 10:00 and 22:00 BST, as well as restricted access to the harbour area.

Short stay car parking will be available to residents in the town centre during the Games, but spaces will be limited.

About 400 temporary cycle parking spaces are planned, which will be distributed to schools, leisure centres and business parks after the Olympics.

Dorset Olympic Board Chair Angus Campbell said: "We are working closely with all agencies to make sure visitors have the best experience they can.

"Ensuring visitors, residents and businesses are able to move around the county is a priority for us and we have invested heavily in the transport network."

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