LOCOG announces towpath diversion for Eton Dorney

Eton Dorney

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)has announced that a section of the Thames Towpath is set to be diverted, making way for a temporary bridge across the River Thames.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) will begin work on the ‘fully accessible, temporary, spectator bridge’ – together with a security fence surrounding venue – in September 2011, with the work expected to be complete in June 2012.

The Thames Towpath will be diverted around the northern edge of Eton Dorney as soon as the work starts on 5 September and this diversion will remain in place until November 2012 – after the Olympic and Paralympic Games have finished.

Work on the bridge – which has been designed to ensure easier access to the venue – will take place from 7.30am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 7.30am to 1.30pm on Saturdays.

‘Between now and next summer, London 2012 will be fine-tuning its plans and preparing the venue so that it is ready for the Games,’ said LOCOG Chairman Lord Coe, in a statement. ‘This will include the installation of a temporary bridge crossing the River Thames, linking Windsor Racecourse and the venue.

‘It is a priority for us to ensure that residents living near to Eton Dorney are informed about our work and we will continue to keep you up to date with the latest information in the run up to the Games.’