Disappointment Over Lack Of Visitors To Weymouth
1:04pm 31st July 2012
(Updated 1:53pm 31st July 2012)
Shop owners around Weymouth are concerned there are too few people coming through the town, despite investment in the Olympics.
At peak times during the day the number of visitors is high, but some businesses say they were expecting a lot more.
Dennis Spurr owns the Fantastic Sausage Factory on St Mary Street.
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council say although the number of visitors isn't as high as anticipated ... It's still early days.
Head of Olympic Operations Simon Williams says they want to make sure people are not put off visiting over congestion fears.
Dorset Olympic Board chairman Angus Campbell said:
"The transport system has been working well for both vistors and local people. Public transport services and journey times are running as normal. Visitors have found transport arrangements have helped them get to and from events quickly and easily and residents have been able to go about their business without delay.
"There has been a fantastic reaction to the cycling facilities and we are extending the secure cycle parking opening hours and providing additional spaces at Westham Bridge.
"Transport plans do have to cover every eventuality and be flexible enough to cope with large numbers of visitors. However, we and our transport partners are responding to local concerns about visitor numbers by promoting the various options for getting to Weymouth and Portland.
"It is still early days in the Games and as the sailing competition gathers momentum, I am confident that our transport systems are ready to cope with any increased demand.
"You can still book train and coach tickets and if travelling by car, use the park and ride. You can book park and ride spaces in advance, or pay on the day.
"There is capacity on both the road and public transport networks, so I'd encourage people to plan their trip to Weymouth and come and enjoy the Olympic atmosphere."
A spokesperson from the Highways Agency confirmed:
“It became clear over the weekend that traffic was running smoothly on all routes into Dorset and as a result the Highways Agency reacted quickly by changing the messaging to advise there were no delays.
“The Highway Agency is constantly monitoring the routes into Weymouth from its Regional Control Centre in the South East and South West and will continue to display messages based on the latest information available.”