Surrey

London 2012: 'Pop-up' tourist information centres in Surrey

Surrey Olympic road sign
Image caption London 2012 Olympic road cycling events will follow a course through Surrey

A series of "pop-up" tourist information centres will open in Surrey's libraries and museums during the Olympics.

Surrey is expecting an influx of visitors during the Games as the majority of the cycling road race will take place in the county.

The county council has started training library and museum staff to give advice to visitors.

It expects more than one million people to visit during the summer.

Denise Saliagopoulos, cabinet member for community services and the 2012 Games, said she hoped the Olympics would stimulate Surrey's economy.

"More than a million people are expected to visit when the cycle road races, time trial and Olympic torch relay come to the county this summer," she said.

"The pop-up tourist information centres are an innovative way to provide visitors with information on everything from major attractions to great places to eat and shop."

Takeaway maps

She said they would provide information about Olympic events and venues.

And there would also be takeaway maps promoting local businesses to help Surrey firms make the most of the Games.

The Olympic road cycling race will start in The Mall in London and from Richmond the athletes head off on a large loop through Surrey taking in Walton on Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet, West Horsley and Dorking.

The cyclists will ride a 15.5km (9.6 miles) circuit around Box Hill, including the National Trust's Zig Zag Hill.

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