2022 velo­drome was just not vi­able

Birmingham Post - - FEATURE -

DEAR Edi­tor, I re­fer to your ar­ti­cle in the Post on Au­gust 23 re­gard­ing the fea­si­bil­ity of a velo­drome in Birm­ing­ham for the 2022 Com­mon­wealth Games ( 2022 Game velo­drome ruled out due to ‘study’ that never ex­isted).

Ori­gin Sports Group was ap­pointed in Jan­uary 2017 through a com­pet­i­tive process, to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study for Birm­ing­ham host­ing the Games.

Fol­low­ing con­ver­sa­tions with Sport Eng­land and Bri­tish Cy­cling, it was con­cluded the country did not have the de­mand for a fur­ther per­ma­nent com­pe­ti­tion velo­drome, which would have cost £50 mil­lion, and there­fore a more cost-ef­fec­tive tem­po­rary op­tion should be ex­plored.

Ori­gin was asked to carry out fea­si­bil­ity work to as­sess the vi­a­bil­ity of in­stalling a tem­po­rary track to se­cure the sport of track cy­cling in Birm­ing­ham for the Games. How­ever,

> A Birm­ing­ham velo­drome would cost £50m

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