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TfL warns road users ‘don’t get caught out’ as cycling event comes to London this weekend

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London’s transport commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, warns Londoners and visitors to the capital to plan ahead now to avoid road disruption this weekend, when many bridges and roads will be closed to traffic for the biggest road event the capital has seen since the Olympics.

Prudential RideLondon, the Mayor of London’s world class cycling festival, will include the largest mass participant cycling event ever held in the UK, with thousands of cyclists, including some of the world’s top professionals, taking part in four separate events.

Sir Peter’s warning comes with TfL delivering a major campaign advising residents and businesses ‘don’t get caught out’ and to plan their travel in advance. The public are advised to use public transport to get around the capital and to avoid driving in central London and the area affected by the RideLondon-Surrey100 and Classic route on Sunday 4 August, which runs from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through east, central and south west London to Surrey, finishing on The Mall in central London.

Sir Peter Hendy CBE said: “This is going to be a fantastic event, which cements London’s growing reputation as a major cycling city.  It will draw thousands of cycling fans from across the country to enjoy the event and all that London and Surrey have to offer.

“However, this is the largest event London’s streets will have seen since the Olympics. Hosting such an event means we must close to traffic many bridges across the Thames and hundreds of roads in large parts of east, central and south west London.

“During the London 2012 Games, Londoners and businesses took sensible steps to plan ahead and adapt their travel.  I’m urging everyone to do that once again so that they don’t get caught out, and can continue to get around and enjoy the weekend.”

Maps and details of road closures and estimated re-opening times are available at www.tfl.gov.uk/prudentialridelondon and www.gosurrey.info.

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  • Sirpa Merikangas - 02/08/2013 18:49

    Yet again the south west of London and swathes of Surrey are brought to a standstill by a few cyclists; not to mention a whole heap of main routes through London itself. My Hampton-based flower-delivery business is crippled for the weekend, thank you so much.

  • Woo - 04/08/2013 11:30

    Disgusting for drivers as there were no advance notices/warnings, and to make it worse the road marshals couldn't help with anything, a north south divide, would have thought a public service announcement on local news would have been appropriate for something so big

  • Annie Clarke - 04/08/2013 22:04

    I've never seen an event so badly managed. There are still roads closed at 22:00 whoever was responsible for the management of the road closures and reopen ing should resign. The fact that there was no extra public transport laid on proves TFL do not have a clue

  • lorraine reeve - 04/08/2013 22:06

    Your cycle race was a complete shambles with no consideration for any other road user it was badly organised the safety stewards were rude and unhelpful there was not enough police not enough information and yet again Kingston and the surrounding areas were brought to a complete stand still you should not only be ashamed of how this was organised but people should be compensated for having to endure the ridiculus and unessesary road closures for 12+ hours it is not right

  • Nicolas Patsalides - 04/08/2013 23:23

    I am disgusted by the way this was handled the road closures were ridiculous and I was told I could drive out of my road at 6pm but this didn't happen until 20:30 with a very sick father to care for and no public transport available to me this beggars belief. If anyone in the vicinity needed an ambulance or assistance they would of been in dire straits. Not all of the 6 million people living in London care about cycling.

  • Susanne greaves - 05/08/2013 00:45

    Just because Boris likes bikes and 20000 people competed doesn't mean the rest of the millions of people living in London were happy with the shambolic road closures, heads need to roll

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