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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on Track and on Budget

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Glasgow 2014 is on track and on budget, as the first of the six monthly Games Partners' Progress Reports is published.  The report details the rate of progress being made, and illustrates how the Games are on track to leave a lasting legacy of new and enhanced facilities, whilst also utilising the existing exceptional facilities in Glasgow.

The report is aimed at keeping the public informed of progress across all aspects of delivery.  The progress made to date across Glasgow 2014 includes detail on the following projects:

  • Work is almost finished on enhancing the greens at Kevingrove Lawn Bowls Centre to meet international standards for Lawn Bowls, and the new turf is being grown and will be laid later on this summer.
  • The NISA and Velodrome are clear additions to the Glasgow skyline, the 93m long roof trusses weighing 300 tons were lifted into place earlier this year, and the footprint of the cycle track in the Velodrome is clear to see, with the glazing almost complete.
  • The subsctructure for the Scottish National Arena is under construction and the venue is due to be completed in summer 2013.
  • Construction will start within the next couple of weeks on the Commonwealth Games Village, which will house 6,500 athletes and officials during the Games.
  • Advanced works at Tollcross Aquatics Centre were completed at the end of March this year, and the main contractor is due to start on site this summer.
  • The Royal Commonwealth pool in Edinburgh,  where diving events will take place for Glasgow 2014, is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.
  • The M74 extension will help to grow Scotland's economy by improving transport links in the west of Scotland, and will open to traffic this month [June].  The road will also provide a crucial Games-time link for the Games Village to the competition venues in the west of the city.
  • The Organising Commiteee will be moving from its current offices in George Square to fully refurbished premises in Albion Street in the Merchant City in September.  100 apprentices will have worked on the project by the time it is completed.
  • The first version of the Transport Plan has been published.  The responses from the public consultation will be used to inform a further two versions of the plan as operational plans are developed.
  • The Delhi 2010 Handover Ceremony was delivered by Glasgow 2014 working with Glasgow Life, and involved 352 volunteers from across Scotland who performed a personal, genuine and stylish ceremony.
  • Sport Your Trainers was launched as, an annual campaign aiming to get as many Scots as possible to wear their trainers on Commonwealth Day.  Sport Your Trainers was an outstanding success as 820,000 Scots put on their trainers.

Glasgow 2014 Chairman Lord Smith said: â€œGlasgow 2014 is on track and on budget, and with the ongoing help and support of our Games Partners we will deliver an outstanding athlete centred, sport focused Games for all of Scotland.”

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said: â€œThis report shows how much has already been achieved in our preparations for the Games.  All the Games Partners are delivering and the sense of progress is tangible.  The Scottish Government recognises the importance of maintaining this momentum and my appointment as a dedicated Minister for the Commonwealth Games underlines our commitment to make these Games a success for Scotland.”

Glasgow City Council Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games Archie Graham said: â€œThe city is already renowned for its ability to stage major events and it's clear from the progress we're making with our partners that the Commonwealth Games will be the best ever."

Michael Cavanagh, Chairman, Commonwealth Games Scotland said: â€œWhilst most progress is behind the scenes, it is fantastic to see the visible signs of progress with the venues as you drive around the city and the NISA and Sir Chris Hoy VeIodrome in particular is an awesome sight. This provides huge impetus and inspiration for our athletes as they focus on selection for Team Scotland in 2014. It is also reassuring to know that with most venues to be completed well in advance of the Games, our athletes will also have access to these facilities  for training and competition to ensure they gain the greatest possible home advantage.”