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London 2012: Eton Dorney crowds near 230,000

Ed McKeever
Image caption Great Britain's Ed McKeever won Olympic gold during London 2012 kayaking events at Eton Dorney

Almost 230,000 people watched rowing, canoeing and kayaking events at Eton Dorney during the London 2012 Olympics.

An estimated 20,000 people a day passed through the complex on the Berkshire-Buckinghamshire border to see Great Britain win 11 medals.

Transport hubs in Slough, Eton and Maidenhead handled an "unprecedented" number of commuters.

Thames Valley Police made five arrests during the fortnight, all for suspected ticket touting.

Highlights of the fortnight included rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning claiming Great Britain's first gold medal of the Games in the women's pair while trainee accountant Ed McKeever took gold in the men's single kayak canoe sprint on the final day of competition.

Image caption 20,000 people a day attended Olympic events at Eton Dorney Lake

Of the five men arrested on suspicion of ticket touting, one man from Germany has been charged and will appear at court next week, two men received cautions, one man was released without charge while another man remains on police bail.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell said: "I am delighted events at Dorney Lake passed so smoothly and that spectators had the chance to experience some truly outstanding performances.

"The Olympics operation was unprecedented in its size and scale, presenting a number of logistical challenges, with large crowds to manage, road closures and parking issues. It required a huge amount of planning, but was very much a co-ordinated effort."

'Meticulous planning'

Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council helped ensure thousands of spectators made their way safely to and from the events with a substantial number using park and ride facilities at nearby Windsor Racecourse.

Councillor Simon Dudley said: "It was always our aim that the Games should take place smoothly with the least possible disruption.

"Thanks to meticulous planning in conjunction with Locog, other councils and with direct input from local people, we helped bring about a slick operation that kept our borough moving.

"We are proud to have been part of the team that brought about what has been described as the best rowing regatta ever."

Eton Dorney Lake will also be hosting rowing during the London 2012 Paralympics between 31 August and 2 September.

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