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« on: May 21, 2012, 05:42:53 PM »

Olympic visitors get free parking extension to boost town centres businesses

Windsor and Maidenhead town centres could benefit from increased numbers of afternoon and evening visitors, thanks to special extended parking arrangements negotiated by the Royal Borough and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) for spectators at the Eton Dorney Olympic Games.

People using the Games park and ride facilities at Windsor Great Park and Braywick Park (Maidenhead) will be able to leave their cars there until 9pm, giving them plenty of time to shop, dine and enjoy the facilities in the nearby town centres. Each day’s events are scheduled to finish around 2.30pm.

Cllr Phill Bicknell, cabinet member for highways, transport and environment, said this extension was excellent news for local businesses and thanked the ODA for their support.

He said: “The council is determined to maximise local benefits from the 2012 Games being right on our doorstep. With around 30,000 people expected each day to the Olympic Games and around 10,000 to the Paralympic Games, we want to encourage as many spectators as possible to stay around after the events and enjoy the shops, restaurants, cafes and leisure facilities in our town centres – and take away happy memories of their time with us.

“I am delighted we have been able to negotiate this extended parking offer with the ODA and I know our town centre managers will be working hard with local businesses to ensure there is much for visitors to enjoy after their exciting day at Eton Dorney.”

Mike Walker, president of Maidenhead and District Chamber of Commerce, said: "This is really excellent news and shows how the ODA and council have listened to us by adapting parking plans to ensure the town can make the most out of the Games. It's great to see the local authority putting the towns businesses firmly on the agenda."

Martin Miranda, treasurer and acting secretary of Windsor and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are extremely pleased that there are now the facilities to park later during the Olympics. We hope that visitors will be encouraged to visit Windsor and surrounding areas, to shop, to eat and enjoy everything our town has to offer."

The extended parking ‘welcome to our towns’ will be heavily promoted to visitors, including by the Eton Dorney volunteer Olympic Ambassadors who will be meeting and greeting visitors at the park and ride sites.
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