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At Prudential RideLondon this weekend‏

Transport for London (TfL) is advising drivers to plan ahead to avoid road and bridge closures on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August when the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott will be competing in London. The weekend will give Londoners a chance to get in the saddle on traffic-free roads in the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, support friends and watch celebrities such as John Torode, Amy Williams, Martin Johnson and Matt Dawson riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as well as seeing the elite riders battle it out in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic and Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix. Joining Sir Bradley Wiggins will be eight of the teams who finished the Tour de France on the Avenue des _Champs__-__Élysées_ last month, including other famous names such as 2012 world road race champion Philippe Gilbert, and double Olympic gold and Commonwealth gold medallist Laura Trott.

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a ten-mile traffic-free route on closed roads through central London. This will pass some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks across the City of Westminster and the City of London. All cyclists are welcome to take part, regardless of their age or ability and they may cycle at any pace and ride the route as many times as they like, stopping en route to enjoy all that London has to offer, along with a range of entertainment and activities at five Festival Zones.

On Saturday, five Festival Zones will be set up across central London at Green Park, St Paul’s Churchyard, Guildhall Yard, Leadenhall Market and Tower Hill, with a wide range of bike-based entertainment and activities. There will be the chance to catch the elite women’s race on big screens at Green Park and The Mall, watch Penny Farthing polo matches as well as bike building, pedal-powered Scalextric and a world record attempt for the largest bike bell orchestra. The Green Park Festival Zone will be open again on Sunday. Kingston-upon-Thames will also host a cycling festival on Sunday including a cycling exhibition. Kingston-upon-Thames will be a great place to watch Sunday’s events, with the Prudential RideLondon HandCycle Classic starting there, and both the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Classic passing through the town twice.

Ben Plowden, Director of Surface Strategy and Planning at TfL, said: “The return of a bigger, better festival of cycling this weekend will once again demonstrate that London is the UK’s capital city for cycling. Prudential RideLondon will give Londoners the opportunity to get out on their bikes in traffic-free roads, and see tens of thousands of riders, including amateurs, celebrities and the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins make the ride from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park out into Surrey and finishing on The Mall.

 “Inevitably some road closures will be necessary in order to safely deliver this event to the maximum benefit of participants, spectators and Londoners, however they will be removed as quickly as possible.”

On Saturday 9 August, road closures will be in place in the City of Westminster and the City of London from 05:00 until around 18:00, including Southwark and Westminster Bridges. All other central London river crossings will remain open.

On Sunday 10 August, road closures will be in place from 05:00 throughout east, central and south west London. From around 15:00 roads along the route in London will be opened in phases once the event has passed and it is safe to do so, with all London roads expected to be open by 20:30. A number of river crossings will also be closed for some or all of the day including:

        * Blackwall Tunnel

* Tower Bridge

* Southwark Bridge

* Westminster Bridge

* Lambeth Bridge

* Vauxhall Bridge

* Chelsea Bridge

* Albert Bridge

* Battersea Bridge

* Putney Bridge

* Chiswick Bridge

* Kingston Bridge

* Hampton Court Bridge

All other river crossings in London will remain open throughout the day. An extensive communications campaign has taken place to help businesses and the public plan ahead and get around on the day, as well as make the most of the events over the weekend. Since May, information has been sent to more than one million residents and businesses along and close to the event routes to help them plan ahead. A series of public information sessions were held in July in the affected areas to provide details of the temporary changes in place and to offer residents and businesses the opportunity to ask questions. The road closures will impact more than the immediate Prudential

RideLondon route and vehicles will not be able to drive on or cross the route while the closures are in place. To avoid disruption drivers are advised, wherever possible, to avoid areas near the event routes in central London on Saturday 9 August, and around the event routes in east, central and south west London, and in the affected parts of Surrey on Sunday 10 August, and to ensure more time is given for journeys.

Buses in and around central London will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual. Tube, rail, walking and cycling will be the best ways to get around, although stations close to the events are expected to be busier than normal.

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