New entrance road in time for Paralympics

Opening of the new entrance road to Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is Martin McElhatton - Chief Executive of WheelPower with Nick Moore - deputy managing director for Kier cutting the ribbon watched by children from the Olympic boroughs and other guests

Opening of the new entrance road to Stoke Mandeville Stadium - pictured is Martin McElhatton - Chief Executive of WheelPower with Nick Moore - deputy managing director for Kier cutting the ribbon watched by children from the Olympic boroughs and other guests

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A NEW road which will form part of the Olympic and Paralympic torch routes in July has been opened.

The new entrance to Stoke Mandeville Stadium will take visitors off the Mandeville Road at the Churchill Avenue roundabout and significantly reduce traffic bottlenecks in Guttmann Road.

Children representing each of the London Olympic boroughs joined with representatives of Wheelpower, which owns and manages the stadium, the district and county councils and Kier Homes to officially open the new access.

Martin McElhatton, chief executive of Wheelpower, said: “The majority of people who use Stoke Mandeville Stadium travel by car or bus and with only a single entry and exit the congestion at the centre and on surrounding roads has been a major problem. The new road will provide Wheelpower with a chance to create a proper sense of arrival, appropriate for such an important national centre, in time for the Olympic and Paralympic celebrations later in the summer.”