Transport Minister Gives Olympic Travel Plans Green Light
8:37am 12th June 2012
(Updated 11:17am 12th June 2012)
The Secretary of State for Transport is encouraging people across Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland to cycle or use local transport services during the Olympics.
Justine Greening has visited Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy to view preparations for the sailing events this summer.
A major operation to improve transport to the race site has been underway for months to cope with the influx of visitors.
New shuttle buses, direct bus routes and revamped park and ride sites have been put in place to deal with the thousands of tourists expected to the town.
Justine Greening said; “I want to make sure that everyone – visitors, businesses, hoteliers and others – makes the most of the Games coming to Dorset.
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Locally, residents and visitors alike are being encouraging to walk, cycle or use public transport and consider car sharing where that is an option.
Olympic Board chair and transport spokesperson Angus Campbell explains:
“We have been planning our Olympic transport operation for the last four years, with all agencies working together to make sure road networks run as smoothly as possible, minimising disruption for local residents and businesses.
“Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events has enabled us to make huge road and transport improvements across the borough, with more than £120M invested in projects such as the Weymouth Relief Road, intelligent traffic light systems and real-time bus passenger information screens.
“We have not hosted anything of this scale in Dorset before so this summer will be ‘business as unusual’. I’d urge everyone to plan their travel and think about their journeys in advance.”
Commenting on the prospect of a gold medal haul this summer, Justine Greening is confident Team GB has what it takes to challenge for a podium finish - click the player below to listen to more.