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Free Parking To Attract More Olympic Visitors

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9:42am 1st August 2012

The Olympic delivery authority has made moves to attract more non ticketed spectators to Dorset for the rest of the Olympics.

Monkey's Jump Park and Ride in Dorchester is free all day today (Wednesday 1st August)  and tomorrow and from Friday drivers won't have to pay if they arrive after 2.30pm.

But Preston Beach and Mount Pleasant in Weymouth will still cost you £10 to use during the Games.

A fourth site - at Kingston Maurward - will be kept in reserve in case of additional demand, but will not otherwise operate. Should it open, it will also be free at the same times as the Monkey Jump site.

Angus Campbell, Chairman of Dorset's Olympic Board, said:

"There have not been as many visitors to Weymouth as originally planned for and we are doing what we can to encourage people to come to the town.  

"This reduction of prices for the park-and-ride facilities will, we hope, make it an even better value day out to an Olympic venue and boost numbers accordingly.

"Weymouth has a tremendous amount on offer for visitors and we have had rave reviews from those who have already come to soak up the Olympic atmosphere.

"We hope to see many more in the coming days as we approach the excitement of the medal races in the sailing events at the weekend."

Hugh Sumner, the ODA's Director of Transport, said:

"We hope our free parking initiative will get thousands of extra visitors in to Weymouth and Portland to enjoy their beaches, shops and attractions. Weymouth and Portland is very definitely open for business but visitors should plan ahead and check before they travel."

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