Residents and businesses should expect severe traffic and public transport disruption on Sunday 10 August when amateur and professional cyclists ride though the borough as part of the Prudential RideLondon event.
Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies, Prudential RideLondon is a world-class festival of cycling taking place over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August 2014.
Roads in Kensington and Chelsea will be affected on Sunday 10 August when 24,000 amateur riders and 150 professional cyclists follow a route from east London out to Surrey before returning to London for a finish on The Mall.
The route enters the borough in Knightsbridge and travels along the A4 before entering Hammersmith and Fulham. Cyclists will then come back into the borough via King’s Road, Ashburnham Road, Cremorne Road, Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment before an exciting finish on The Mall.
Closing 100 miles of roads and bridges will have a major impact on traffic, public transport and parking. It is not just the roads the cyclists ride along that will be affected. Many other local roads will be closed to traffic from the early hours of Sunday 10 August to allow the event to pass safely through the borough. It is anticipated roads will remain closed until the early evening. Vehicles parked on the route will be removed. If you normally park your vehicle on any of the roads affected you will need to make alternative arrangements on Sunday 10 August.
Roads along the route will be closed from 5am on Sunday 10 August and will not fully reopen until the early evening.
In the borough Knightsbridge, Brompton Road and the Cromwell Road will close at 5am and are not expected to open until approximately 3pm.
King’s Road, Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment are expected to close at 7.30am and will remain closed until about 7pm.
Councillor Tim Coleridge, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “Our experience from last year’s event suggests that major disruption is inevitable. There will be local parking restrictions and road closures.
“I do urge residents and businesses to get this date into their diary to make sure they are not caught out when the cyclists arrive on Sunday 10 August.
“Of course both the amateur event, which will raise an enormous amount of money for good causes, and the professional race, will be exciting spectacles. However, you simply cannot have an event of this scale without it having an enormous impact on our roads.
“The best way to minimise inconvenience and disruption to your plans is to be aware of the date and plan ahead.”
More information about Prudential RideLondon and details of the final route can be found on the organiser’s website www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk