The world’s best cyclists will battle for Olympic glory on Surrey’s roads this weekend.
World champion Mark Cavendish will lead the charge for Team GB on Saturday for the men’s road race while the women will compete on Sunday.
After setting off from The Mall in London, the cyclists will enter Surrey via Hampton Court Bridge before weaving their way through towns and villages including Walton-on-Thames, Ripley Village, Gomshall, Westcott, Dorking, Box Hill and Esher, before heading back to The Mall.
Preparations have been going on for more than two years to ensure the Games in Surrey are a success. Inevitably events on an Olympic scale will cause disruption, which is why residents and businesses have been asked to plan ahead and be prepared.
Extensive road closures and parking restrictions will be in place around the cycle routes from the early hours of the morning on event days. The aim is to reopen most roads three hours after the last race vehicle passes. However, it is expected to take longer in areas where there will be larger crowds such as around Dorking town centre, Hampton Court, Leatherhead town centre and Box Hill.
With hundreds of thousands of people expected to line the streets to watch the Olympic events in Surrey, getting around will be difficult, which is why people are advised to stay close to their local areas and walk. Even after the event’s finish, the county’s roads and public transport will be very busy for some time as people make their way home. Extra trains and carriages will be put on but some bus services will be suspended and most trains won’t allow bikes.
Newsletters have been sent to residents and businesses within 100 metres of the cycle race and time trial routes to provide people with the information they need to prepare. All that information, plus everything else people in Surrey need to know to plan ahead, is available at gosurrey.info.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Staging the Surrey section of the Olympic cycling events involves 42 miles of roadside barriers, 5,000 traffic cones, 4,000 road signs and 545 road closures. It’s a massive task, but we are ready.
“We’re urging people to be prepared and plan ahead to enjoy these Olympic events in the county. This will help us minimise the inevitable disruption that staging events of this size causes.
“This weekend represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch Olympic history unfold literally on our doorsteps. All the information people need to plan ahead and enjoy the events in Surrey is available at gosurrey.info. We’d urge everyone to use it and to follow @GoSurreyLive on Twitter for updates on event days.”
Journalists requiring more information, can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org