From 29th July until the 11th August 2012, Weymouth and Portland will host the olympic sailing events at the WPNSA (Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy). There will be a significant impact in terms of transport and travel during this period so we have put together the following information to help visitors plan their journeys effectively during this period.
Public Transport for spectators
Spectators will be encouraged to use temporary park-and-ride sites as parking in the town centre will be restricted. Buses and coaches will shuttle spectators from these sites into Weymouth town centre. The train companies operating in and out of Weymouth will be increasing capacity and ensuring spectators will have easy access to the Esplanade and Nothe Gardens from the station. Discussions are also underway to provide additional capacity on local bus services.
Public transport will be particularly busy before the start and at the end of sessions. If possible, the times to avoid travelling are 10am-1pm and 4-8pm. However, Sailing times may vary depending on weather conditions, so travel may be affected later in the evenings.
Weymouth rail station is a recommended venue station for ticketed spectators attending the Olympic Sailing events in Weymouth and Portland. This station will be particularly busy two to three hours before events begin and one to two hours after events finish. It may also be busy when the last trains leave at the end of the day. This station is expected to be busy with spectators between:
- 9am-12 noon: Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August
- 6-11pm: Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August
Residents and visitors staying in the area will be encouraged to use public transport, walk or cycle when attending events to help reduce congestion.
The Weymouth and Portland Map (see below)
The Weymouth and Portland map (detailed below) outlines how the roads and transport system around Weymouth will be affected during the Olympic sailing events.
This map also indicates access routes to events for specators and recommendations about how to access the events based on the mode of transport you are using to enter Weymouth during the games. It indicates roads affected by the games in turns of closure and congestion.
Affected Areas in the Weymouth and Portland area
There will be transport ‘hotspots’ in Weymouth and Portland that will be very busy during the Games. Residents and visitors are being advised, where possible, to avoid these areas on event days, particularly during the traditional morning and evening peaks.
Sailing events are scheduled to finish at 6pm when the transport system is expected to be much busier. Planned evening cultural events and entertainment may vary visitors’ departure times from the spectator venues and transport could be busier throughout the evening.
Further Details – Get ahead of the games
If you would like more detailed information on travel during the olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland, please visit: http://www.getaheadofthegames.com/travelinaffectedareas/city/weymouth.html