Transport for London have sent out an email warning people who live and work in London that on Monday 7 July 2014, Stage 3 of the Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, will be coming to London, “continuing our reputation as the world capital of events”. As we have a large number of clients in London, we are passing on this information.
The race will start in Cambridge city centre around midday, and will go through Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire before travelling onto Essex. The sprint will then commence in Essex, and will pass through Saffron Walden and close to the towns of Braintree and Chelmsford, before heading west and riding through Epping.
The race will then go through north, east and central London, with cyclists riding close to Woodford Green, Chingford, Walthamstow and Snaresbrook before approaching central London via Leyton, Stratford, West Ham, Plaistow, Silvertown, Leamouth, Poplar, Wapping and Shadwell. Once past the Tower of London, the route will take them along the Thames, towards Lower and Upper Thames Streets and Victoria Embankment, before riding past the Houses of Parliament, around St James's Park and finishing, with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, on The Mall in St James's Park between 15:30 and 16:00.
The point of the email is to notify people of the disruption to transport that this is likely to cause. Roads on and around the route will be closed to traffic from 10am. They will reopen by 6pm if it is safe to do so. Although pedestrian access to properties will not be affected, it is important to note that Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed for most of the day, and road users have been advised to avoid areas near the event route wherever possible. You should bear in mind that there will be huge numbers of people lining the streets of the capital to watch the event, and as well as planning ahead in terms of getting around, make sure that you take good care of yourself and your belongings.
Transport for London have advised Londoners and visitors that Tube and Rail will be the best way to get around on the 7th July, but have warned that stations along the route will be extremely busy, particularly during the evening peak. Buses in the area will be on diversion or will stop short of their destinations between 9am and 6pm. Londoners have also been notified that a number of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations will be suspended that day.
To find out more details about how the Tour de France will affect you and to view maps of the event route, please visit tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance