Olympics, Transport

Olympic newsletters to help Surrey get ready for the Games

Newsletters are being sent to Surrey residents and businesses within 100 metres of the Olympic cycling road race and time trial routes to help people plan ahead for the 2012 Games.

The newsletters include detailed information about road closures, parking restrictions, maps of the route and tips for how to make the most of the once-in-a-lifetime events.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Mark Cavendish could win Team GB’s first gold medal on Surrey roads so we’re expecting huge crowds. There’ll be road closures and parking restrictions along the route on event days, so please avoid driving in the area if you can.

“If you want to catch the action, think about the best viewing option for you. We’d advise people to walk and stay close to their local areas because it’s going to be very difficult to get around. And think carefully if it’s a good idea to watch the races on the roadside if, for example, you have small children.

“I’d ask people to read through the newsletters carefully and to plan ahead by visiting gosurrey.info for all you need to know to make the most of the Games.

“We understand there will be disruption, but we’re doing everything we can to keep it to a minimum.”

Businesses will receive a tailored newsletter that includes tips and advice about how they can benefit from the events and how to plan ahead to reduce disruption.

The Olympic cycling road races will be staged on the opening weekend of the Games, with the men’s event taking place in London and Surrey on Saturday 28 July and the women’s on Sunday 29 July.

The Olympic road cycling time trials will be held on Wednesday 1 August.

Visit www.gosurrey.info for more information about Surrey’s involvement in the 2012 Games.

Ends

View the newsletters at the links below:

Residents’ newsletter

Business newsletter

Journalists requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email nicole.herlihy@surreycc.gov.uk

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