Orbit to close after games

An artists' impression of the finished tower during the Games Photo: arcelormittalorbit.com

The giant sculpture towering over London's Olympic park will remain closed to the public for eighteen months after the games.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit was commissioned by London mayor Boris Johnson as a work of art and viewing platform.

It is expected to attract five thousand visitors a day when it opens on July 28th - the day after the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

The view from the top of the Orbit Credit: ITN

But the 2,000-tonne structure will close at the end of the Parlaympics. The post-games redevelopment of the Olympic Park means the Orbit will not re-open until Easter 2014.

Offcials from the London Legacy Development Corporation have revealed the timetable for allowing public access to the park.

The North Park, including the former basketball arena will open on July 27th 2013. Cyclists wil be able to use the VeloPark at the end of 2013.

The iconic Aquatics Centre, in the South Park, will open to the public at the same time as the Orbit. At current prices, swimmers will be charged £4.35 a session.