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Feedback spurs RideLondon route improvements

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Surrey roads will re-open up to three hours earlier during this weekend’s second annual Prudential RideLondon cycling festival after the organisers acted on feedback from the county council and residents.

The London & Surrey Cycling Partnership plans to re-open the outward 25-mile stretch between Hampton Court Bridge and Forest Green near Leith Hill on Sunday up to three hours earlier than last year. This begins after the last riders in the mass participation 100 event cross Hampton Court Bridge.

New rolling road closures will cover the Hampton Court-Abinger Hammer stretch of the professional Classic event to limit the impact on residents and businesses.

The organisers have also diverted the Classic race away from the busy A25 at Newlands Corner so it can re-open sooner, and neither event will go via the A29 through Ockley this year.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “I’m pleased that the organisers have incorporated our suggestions to improve the events and limit impact on local residents and businesses, especially by introducing the new rolling road closures.

“We’re looking forward to another fantastic day of cycling in Surrey that will draw thousands of visitors to our towns and villages, boost our local economy, raise millions for good causes and showcase our county to the world.”

For more information, including tips on getting about this Sunday, visit the Prudential RideLondon website and follow @SurreyTravel on Twitter.

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