Changes To Portland Roads For Olympics

A one-way road system's going to be introduced on a number of roads around the Olympic Sailing Village in Portland.

As the Sailing Village in Portland takes shape and gets set to welcome 650 sailors and officials in less than 100 days, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) today (Friday 20th April) announced a one way system on two roads in Portland in order to accommodate fencing to secure parts of the Village.

The temporary security fencing around the Sailing Village is an essential part of plans to ensure the highest level of security and safety during the Games. Due to the proximity of the Village to the road, some of this fencing will be built on Victory Road and a section of Castle Road in Portland. 

To accommodate the fence, a one-way road system will operate between 18 May to the end of the September 2012. The diversion will be well signposted and there will only be slight disruption to the traffic.

Jamie Houston, Sailing Village Manager, LOCOG said: "To ensure the safety of the Games, and specifically the athletes and officials in the Sailing Village, this security fencing is vital. Because the Village is right next to the road , the erection of this fencing will mean we have to operate a one way system on two of the roads next to the Village. We are confident that these road changes will have minimal impact on journey times for those travelling in and around Portland."

In Fortuneswell, Victory Road will become a one-way access onto the island. Access off the island will be via High
Street and Chiswell as normal.
 
There will be no right turn from Verne Common Road onto Castle Road or down Victory Road. Verne Common Road
traffic will be left turn only onto the current one-way system in Fortuneswell and down High Street.
 
Access to Castletown will be off the Victoria Square roundabout onto Lerret Road. Lerret Road remains a two-way system and will be the main route into Castletown for residents, businesses and deliveries. The section of Castle Road by the hospital will remain one-way towards Fortuneswell. Normal access to and from Easton will not be affected.

Residents can find out more about these plans and any other information connected to the Games in Weymouth and Portland by attending one of three 'Games Surgeries'. The 'Games Surgeries' are a chance for people to meet representatives from London 2012 and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and ask any questions about the Games this summer. 
 
The events are running on Thursday 26 April, Thursday 31 May and Thursday 28 June from 12.30-2.30pm at the Pavilion Cafe in Weymouth and from 4.30-6.30pm in House 12 in the Sailing Village (Osprey Quay), Portland.

For more details about transport in Weymouth and Portland in the run up to and over the Games period visit www.dorsetforyou.com/london2012/transport 

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