December 9 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 16, 2013
Londoners are being warned to plan their journeys ahead of the finish of The Tour of Britain as it returns to the capital for the ninth time this Sunday.
The climax to the UK’s largest professional cycle race will see road closures across the city, with the public advised to plan ahead and use public transport to avoid disruption and enjoy the weekend’s sporting action.
British cycling stars Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be battling it out with the world’s top riders up and down the country all week before the eight-day event will end in a dramatic dash along Whitehall.
Sunday’s final stage, featuring 114 riders representing 19 teams from around the globe, is an 88-km race on a circuit of closed roads in Westminster and the City of London, taking in Victoria Embankment, Upper Thames Street, Lower Thames Street and Tower Hill.
As well as streets on and near The Tour of Britain route being closed between 8am and 6pm there will be additional parking restrictions in place.
Whitehall will be closed from 3am to 9pm, and both Southwark and Westminster bridges will be closed from 8am to 7pm.
For full details of the closed roads and bridges click here.
There will also be diversions to a number of bus routes, and the suspension of a small number of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations. London’s Transport Commissioner, Sir Peter Hendy CBE, said: “The Tour of Britain is a superb event, further showcasing London’s reputation as a city for cycling.
“The Tour of Britain will bring to a close a fantastic summer of cycling, which has seen the second successive British winner of the Tour de France, and the inaugural Prudential RideLondon which brought over 65,000 people out on their bikes.
“Londoners and visitors to our capital will have the opportunity to see top cycling professionals again over The Tour of Britain weekend, but understandably some roads will be closed so please plan your journey to avoid delays and make the most of the day.”