Tour de France to cause road closures in east London

By Rob Virtue on June 17, 2014 5:09 PM |

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Road closures affecting east London during the Tour de France have been announced by Transport for London.

The spectacular event on Monday July 7 will see cyclists race along streets from the Olympic Park, around Canary Wharf and St Katharine Docks, and on their way to central London.

Closures in Tower Hamlets include the A1261 Aspen Way and the A1203 Limehouse Link/The Highway past Poplar, Shadwell and Wapping.

Stratford High Street, West Ham Lane and Prince Regent Lane are among roads affected in Newham.

The closures will take place between 10am and 6pm. TfL is urging people to plan ahead as the surrounding streets will also be very busy.

Tower Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Westminster Bridge will be shut for much of the day.

However, TfL has said east London is still "well and truly open for business" and is encouraging people to come out and watch the event along the route.

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Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for Surface Transport at TfL, said: "We've been working long and hard to plan for the return of the Tour to the capital and now we are asking Londoners to start their planning too.

"We will keep the capital moving, and roads around the race route will, of course, be extremely busy.

"So we're asking people to plan ahead and preferably use public transport to make the most of what I'm sure will be an amazing day, helping to cement London's growing reputation as a major cycling city and encourage more Londoners to travel by bike."

As well as road closures, bus routes including 15, 25, 100, 108, 277, 339, D3 and D8 will be affected and many stops relocated or suspended.

Most routes in Newham will also face changes.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, said: "The Tour de France will be a fantastic spectacle and celebration of cycling to be enjoyed in the borough. But it will bring with it travel disruption. I urge everyone to think about their travel requirements and journeys on July 7 and plan in advance."

Go to tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance to help plan your journey.

Those concerned about the closures can attend TfL-run information sessions at the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre on Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, on Thursday, June 19, from 11am to 2pm, and the Lower Room in St Paul's, Shadwell, on Wednesday, June 25 at 4-7pm.

Fans are also being encouraged to attend the TfL spectator hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.