Work Starts To Build Olympic Park And Ride

Construction works get underway today (Monday 6 February) on the temporary park and ride sites being used for visitors during the Olympic sailing events this summer.

Dorset will see five sites in operation (three temporary and two permanent). All sites will be the responsibility of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for the duration of the Games.

Temporary sites will be at Kingston Maurward, Monkey's Jump (Dorchester) and Littlemoor in Weymouth. Permanent sites being used by the ODA for the Games are at Mount Pleasant and Preston Beach Road.

The park and ride service aims to reduce the number of visitors driving into the centre of Weymouth.

Hugh Sumner, Director of Transport at the Olympic Delivery Authority, said:

"The park and ride sites will make the journey into Weymouth much easier for visitors. By limiting the number of spectators' cars coming into the town, we can minimise the disruption on local roads for local people.

"Getting spectators to events on time and back home again is going to make a huge difference to how people remember the Games in years to come. This summer will be incredibly busy, and as much as possible is being done to make London 2012 a public transport Games."

The park and ride can be used by Nothe ticket holders as well as non-ticket holders and visitors to the area. Passengers will be transported between sites and venues with the fleet of buses. Spaces can be booked online at Sites will be clearly signed and drivers will be directed from the main roads to them.

Visitors to Weymouth and Portland can also book a direct coach from the West and South West of the country. Locations include; Birmingham, Gloucester, Cardiff, Exeter and Southampton.

These coaches will drop off and pick up from the Preston Beach Road site next to the Lodmoor Household Recycling Centre and not the Lodmoor public car park.

For more information about park and ride services and traffic measures during the 2012 Olympic Games go to