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Weymouth road irrelevant to Olympics, says LOCOG

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WEYMOUTH'S £70M RELIEF road is not a vital link to the 2012 Olympics sailing centre, despite regional development agency claims that it is, Games organisers said this week.

They said the project was not needed, as people travelling to the Olympic sailing centre in the town were expected to use public transport.

The South West Regional Assembly has been attempting to use Weymouth's role as the host of the Olympic sailing competition to lever national funding from the Department for Transport (NCE 19 January).

But games organiser LOCOG's (London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games) transport plans for Weymouth focus on limiting car use by building a temporary park and ride centre outside the town. The number of town centre car parking spaces is to be cut from 7,000 to 500 during the Games.

'At no time was the relief road scheme ever regarded as critical to the success of the Games, ' said LOCOG head of transport Wilben Short. 'One of LOCOG's transport objectives is to encourage the maximum possible use of public transport, including rail and coach.

'LOCOG is confi dent that suitable arrangements can be put in place irrespective of whether the relief road is built, ' he said.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has written to the Department for Transport urging it to dump the scheme now LOCOG has made its policy clear.

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