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Preparing for London 2012

PUBLISHED: 18:03 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013

Kent residents and businesses are being encouraged to make sure they are prepared for London 2012 - the biggest sporting event hosted in the UK for a generation

Preparing for London 2012



Kent residents and businesses are being encouraged to make sure they are prepared for London 2012 the biggest sporting event hosted in the UK for a generation.

The Olympics and Paralympics will attract an additional estimated 200,000-250,000 people to the county every day of the Games, as many will be staying in Kent and using the roads and public transport to travel to competitions.

Kent wants to make the most of the opportunities presented by the expected rise in visitors but also to help residents plan for the extra pressure on the countys transport network.

Kent County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Waste, David Brazier, said:

We had a fantastic celebration with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying the sight of the Olympic torch passing through their local community. In this case, months of careful preparation paid off.

We know the Games will draw many people into Kent and we want to make sure regular travellers do not get caught out by the increase in visitors.

Much work has also gone into providing travel and other information for residents and visitors. This can be found on a dedicated website that will help keep Kent moving during this fabulous event.

The webpage, at www.kent.gov.uk/london2012, joins together everything from travel and transport information, Twitter feeds from KCCs Highways and Transportation team, Kent Police updates on crime and resilience and links to the London Olympic Committees Get Ahead of the Games transport site. It also has links to highlight how Kent will benefit beyond the Games, and where to try out a new sport. Advice for businesses is also available by going to www.kentsport.org/london2012/business.


Key dates
Olympic Games: 27 July-12 August
Paralympic Games: 29 August-9 September
Paralympic Road Cycling at Brands Hatch: 3-8 September

Kent County Council is working with district and borough councils, Visit Kent, Kent Police and local organisations to maximise the benefits to the county from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Kent 2012 campaign focuses on sport, volunteering, transport, young people, communications, arts, economic development and regeneration and tourism.


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