On Sunday 2 August 27,500 amateur cyclists will leave the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to take to the streets of the Capital for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Many of these riders will be pedalling for good causes and hoping to beat the impressive sum of £10m raised for charity last year. They will be joined, on the same day, but with a later start from Horse Guards Parade, by 150 elite riders, including Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, who are taking part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, a testing race for professional cyclists.
Both groups of riders will enter the borough at Knightsbridge and then head, via Brompton Road, to the Cromwell Road (A4) before continuing westwards in to Hammersmith. They will return later in the day via King’s Road, Ashburnham Road, Cremorne Road, Cheyne Walk and Chelsea Embankment where they leave the borough for a finish on The Mall.
To enable the event to pass safely there will be significant road closures across London and in Surrey. It is expected that roads will close from 5am on Sunday 2 August on the outbound route, with an estimated reopening time of 3pm. Closures on the return route will begin from 7am and it is hoped to be able to reopen roads by about 8pm.
Inevitably, with such major road closures, there will be disruption to traffic, which will have a knock-on effect on public transport. Residents are advised to note the date and timings and plan ahead to minimise disruption. There will be no parking allowed on the route so alternative arrangements will need to be made. Vehicles will also not be able to cross the route whilst it is closed. Emergency access will be maintained and prioritised throughout the event.
There will be restricted vehicle access in the south of the borough. For residents who live in the Lots Road area, surrounded by the event route, getting in and out will be aided by the lifting of the Townmead Road barrier, but again traffic will be very heavy. If you have a special event planned that is likely to be affected, such as a wedding or moving house, it may be possible for the organisers to help facilitate this if you contact them early enough.
Further information about the event and the route and confirmation of road closure and reopening times can be found at www.PrudentialRideLondon.co.uk/roadclosures