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Plan ahead for royal event to mark Magna Carta anniversary

With preparations for the Queen’s visit to Runnymede to mark Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary in full swing, residents and businesses are being urged to plan ahead.

The Queen will be joined at the site where the charter was sealed in 1215 by dignitaries including The Duke of Cambridge and The Princess Royal and the job of setting up the venue for the national celebration on Monday 15 June is well under way.

To help people prepare for any disruption and make the most of the event, which is expected to attract worldwide attention, Surrey County Council has delivered leaflets to residents and businesses nearby.

They include details about A308 Windsor Road closures between Saturday and Monday and the use of a one-way system on Sunday as well as explaining diversions and where to watch the celebrations. The only other road due to be closed is Magna Carta Lane, Wraysbury, on Monday.

Road closure signs have also been put up so drivers know in advance how to navigate local routes and messages will be displayed on signs on the nearby M25 while local schools and community groups have been sent information to help people prepare, including details of temporary parking restrictions.

All the information to plan ahead can be found on Surrey County Council’s website and travel information will be provided through the @SurreyTravel Twitter feed.

Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Lead For Magna Carta 2015, said: “This event promises to be an occasion of immense local, national and international importance and with a bit of preparation we can all help to make everything run smoothly.

“It will be a fitting way to celebrate in the county that gave Magna Carta to the world but I’d ask people to prepare and plan ahead. That will help us to minimise disruption in the Runnymede area.”

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