During the London 2012 Games, Weymouth and Portland will host the Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events. Olympic competition will take place from Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August and Paralympic competition from Saturday 1 September –Thursday 6 September 2012.
What will happen and when?
Olympic Torch Relay travelling across Dorset from Shaftesbury to Dorchester, Lyme Regis through to Weymouth.
Evening celebration in Weymouth as Olympic Torch Relay arrives.
Olympic Torch Relay continues its journey from Portland Bill and travels through Southwell, Weston, Easton, Portland, Fortuneswell, Weymouth and on to Preston.
Work begins on the temporary spectator site in the Nothe Gardens. Over half of the Nothe Gardens will remain open until 27 July. After this time, they will close until 17 August.
Olympic Games Opening Ceremony – to be screened at the Weymouth Beach Live Site. For more information visit dorsetforyou.com/london2012
27 July – 12 August
Water users will have restrictions around the Olympic competition areas. For more details visit harbour.weymouth.gov.uk
27 July – 12 August
Traffic restrictions apply during this time as detailed below:
- Weymouth Esplanade, Westham Road and part of King Street will be closed between 10am–10pm.
- Part of Radipole Park Drive, from the tennis courts, will be closed to cars at all times.
Access to the harbour area will be restricted.
Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August 2012
London 2012 Olympic Sailing competition – 10 Sailing events over 14 days.
Nothe Gardens fully open to the public.
Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
31 August – 6 September
Water users will have restrictions around the Paralympic competition areas. For more details visit harbour.weymouth.gov.uk
Saturday 1 September – Thursday 6 September 2012
London 2012 Paralympic Sailing competition – 80 athletes in three mixed events.
Reinstatement works begin in the Nothe Gardens, to include re-seeding, and work to improve paths and public toilets.
Chesil Cove School site handed back to the local authority.
Weymouth and Portland Games Surgeries
Meet representatives from the London 2012 Organising Committee and let us know your comments, concerns or questions about the Games in Weymouth and Portland. You’ll be able to see maps that show what’s happening and where, find out the latest transport facts and take home Olympic-themed goodies.
Visit us on:
Thursday 26 April
Thursday 31 May
Thursday 28 June
Times and locations:
Pavilion Cafe, The Esplanade, Weymouth DT 8ED
Number 12, Sailing Village (Osprey Quay) Portland DT5 1AL
Installation of temporary venue infrastructure
The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and Portland Marina will be used exclusively by the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) from 14 July until 12 September 2012; however, installation of temporary facilities is currently ongoing.
The WPNSA will not be open to the public from 14 July –13 September 2012.
During the 2012 Games, the Nothe Gardens will be used as a ticketed site for the Olympic sailing events. In order to accommodate spectators on the Nothe, temporary structures and facilities will need to be installed at the Nothe Gardens. These will include marquees, catering facilities, venue operational areas and temporary portable buildings which will be used for toilets or catering outlets. A security fence will also be installed around the perimeter of the Nothe Gardens to enable it to be managed as a ticketed site.
The Nothe Gardens will be closed for 16 days during the Olympic Games (27 July–12 August 2012).
During the two weeks prior to start of the Games, access to some areas of the gardens will be restricted while the temporary structures and facilities are installed. Around half of the gardens will be closed during this period – predominately the car parks. The rest of the gardens will remain open to the public as normal. Following the Olympic Games, the Gardens will be reopened to the public apart from some limited areas where the temporary structures and facilities will need to be dismantled.
We will work to keep any disruption to a minimum.
Weymouth and Portland Harbour will be subject to restrictions on the waters during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Competition Areas are closed to navigation from 0800 until the close of play daily. There is a route in and out of both harbours via the control gates where marshalls will direct traffic. These will remain open except when the competitors are crossing. Delays will occur throughout but especially between 1000 and 1130 daily as competitors move out to the racing areas.
For more information visit dorsetforyou.com/london2012
Local travel information
To help provide a safe and secure environment around the venue, keep traffic moving and prioritise parking for local people, London 2012 has been with the local authorities and others to develop traffic management and parking plans around the venue.
For more information about how travel in the local area will be affected, including roads and public transport, visit the Get Ahead of the Games website.
The WPNSA will be closed to the public during the Games and both Ham Beach Road and Mereside will be closed to general traffic. Public transport routes using these roads will be diverted straight along the A354.
The South West Coast Path will remain open during the Olympic and Paralympic Games along a temporary diverted route around the WPNSA.
In order to minimise the impact on local residents, an extensive park-and-ride service will be in operation for the duration of the Olympic Games (the service will not be in operation for the Paralympic Games). This service will be supported by additional traffic and parking management measures around the Nothe Gardens.
Residents’ parking immediately around the Nothe Gardens will be suspended during the Olympic Games. We will provide alternative residents’ parking within the local area.
London 2012 is working with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to ensure that proposed changes to residents’ parking and alternative arrangements are communicated to residents well in advance of the Games.
London 2012, Dorset Police, Dorset County Council, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, and the Highways Agency are already working closely to develop temporary traffic management and parking plans to protect local residents and businesses and minimise the impact of traffic generated by the Games.
For more information on local transport visit dorsetforyou.com/london2012
After the Games
Reinstatement works begin in the Nothe Gardens from 1 September, which includes re-seeding, and work to improve paths and public toilets.
The London 2012 Games will leave a lasting legacy in Weymouth and Portland, for more information visit dorsetforyou.com/2012legacy
For more information
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