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Olympics do not need Weymouth road, say MPs


OPPONENTS TO Weymouth's £70M relief road this week claimed victory after MPs examining transport plans for the 2012 Olympics played down the scheme's importance.

transport select committee has accepted the view of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) that the project is not needed.

It agreed that people travelling to the Olympic sailing centre in Weymouth are expected to use public transport (NCE 16 February).

Dorset County Council had told the committee that the road was vital to efforts to get spectators to the sailing venue.

But the committee disagreed.

'The proposed Weymouth Relief Road, cited by Dorset County Council as necessary for Olympic transport, did not, however, feature in the London Olympic Candidature file, ' says the committee's report Going for Gold: Transport for London's 2012 Olympic Games.

'The only necessary transport upgrade guaranteed for the sailing events is the widening of part of the London to Weymouth railway line.' The Campaign for Rural England and anti-road alliance Road Block welcomed the report.

'It is now time for the Council to stop misleading local people that this destructive road is necessary for the Games, ' said Road Block campaigner Rebecca Lush.

But Dorset insisted that the new road was vital, claiming that LOCOG visitor forecasts could be as much as 60% too low.

It claims that up to 200,000 spectators will take advantage of Weymouth Bay's natural amphitheatre to watch the sailing competition.

It is working on a new forecast with the Highways Agency, and plans to put it to the Department for Transport in the next five or six weeks.

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