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2012 Olympic Eton Dorney Lake rowing venue 'ready'

Dorney Lake
About 30,000 spectators per day are expected to arrive in Eton Dorney

Construction work at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic rowing venue has been completed on time and on budget, the Olympic Delivery Authority has said.

Work to prepare the Eton Dorney Lake venue, on the Berkshire-Buckinghamshire border, near Windsor, began in 2009.

The 2km (1.2-mile) rowing course will be the venue for the rowing and flat-water canoeing regattas.

The Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy in Dorset was the first 2012 Olympic venue to be completed in November 2008.

Set in parkland, the Eton Dorney Lake rowing course is privately owned by Eton College.

New bridge

About 30,000 spectators a day are expected to arrive in the area for the rowing events.

The venue has been in use since April 2000, when the first kilometre (0.62 miles) of the course was completed.

It was finished in 2006, however adjustments have been necessary to the lake, as well as bridges and various access points, to make it suitable for Olympic competitions.

Work has included putting in place a 282-tonne bridge, linking two sides of the venue, which replaced a bridge half its size.

The 50m (164ft) structure will remain after the games and will be used by up to 6,000 people.

Maidenhead, Slough, and Windsor and Eton Riverside railway stations were recently designated as key arrival and departure points to and from the venue by the Olympic Delivery Authority.


A 282-tonne bridge will remain in place at the venue after the games

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