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Road update: Olympic time trials

Olympic cycling returns to Surrey today (1 August) for the men’s and women’s time trials.

Team GB’s road race silver medalist Lizzie Armitstead and Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins will be among the athletes watched by thousands of people expected to line the streets. The time trials take place just days after Surrey successfully hosted the Olympic road races.

The riders will race against the clock at 90 second intervals, starting at Hampton Court Palace before heading south over Hampton Court Bridge and into Elmbridge.

The route takes in several towns and villages including Thames Ditton, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham and Cobham as well as Kingston and Richmond. The men’s route also goes through Teddington and East and West Molesey. Detailed maps of the routes and an online spectator guide are available at gosurrey.info.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “We’re expecting thousands of people on the streets to watch the time trials and our advice remains the same. Plan ahead and be prepared because big crowds and road closures will make it difficult to get around.

“Surrey welcomed the Olympics with open arms at the weekend. The road races were a great success and resulted in Team GB’s first medal of the Games. There were huge crowds and people were fantastic. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, disruption was kept to a minimum. 

 “Hosting Olympic events on our doorsteps is a once in a lifetime opportunity we want everyone to enjoy and we’ve been preparing for them for more than two years. We’ve made all the information people need to plan ahead and enjoy the Games available at gosurrey.info.”

Inevitably events on an Olympic scale will cause some disruption. Extensive road closures and parking restrictions will be in place around the time trial routes from the early hours of the morning on Wednesday. The aim is to reopen most roads three hours after the events finish.

Getting around will be difficult, which is why people are advised to stay close to their local areas and walk. Even after the time trials finish, the county’s roads and public transport will be very busy for some time as people make their way home.

Newsletters have been sent to residents and businesses within 100 metres of the route to provide people with the information they need to prepare. All that information, plus everything else people in Surrey need to know to prepare, is available at gosurrey.info

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