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Road and bridge closures announced

• Road closures in central London on Saturday 3 August and large numbers of road and bridge closures across east, central and southwest London and parts of Surrey on Sunday 4 August
• Road users, residents and spectators advised to plan ahead to avoid disruption
• Details of road closures are available at
Prudential RideLondon, the Mayor of London’s world-class cycling festival, will hit the streets of London and Surrey on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August. The event will be the largest mass-participant cycling event ever held in the UK, with thousands of cyclists, including some of the world’s top professionals, taking part across four separate events.
London will be a great place to visit over the festival weekend, whether people are taking part in Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, the mass-participation bike ride, watching some of the best professional cyclists in the world race on the capital’s streets or visiting one of the city’s array of attractions. The Prudential RideLondon event routes boast many excellent vantage points and, whilst certain areas will be closed to the public for safety reasons, all routes are unticketed so everyone will be able to watch for free.
The cycling festival is expected to give a major boost to the number of cyclists in the capital and the rest of the UK, while attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to London and Surrey. The exciting events taking place across the weekend will also help encourage people of all ages and abilities to take to two wheels.
To avoid delays, road users are urged wherever possible to avoid driving near the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle route in central London on Saturday 3 August. Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle is a free, family-friendly bike ride, which will take place on closed roads within Westminster and the City of London to allow participants to experience the fun and freedom of cycling in London.

On Sunday 4 August road users are also advised to avoid driving in east, central and southwest London, and in the affected parts of Surrey, when the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic events will take place. Maps and details of road closures and estimated re-opening times are available at and
The 100-mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, on Sunday 4 August, will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, passing Tower Hill, Blackfriars, Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Gloucester Road, Cromwell Road, the Hammersmith Flyover, Chiswick Bridge, Sheen, Richmond Park and Kingston. It will then head into Surrey going through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, Newlands Corner, Holmbury St Mary, Leith Hill, Dorking, Box Hill, Leatherhead, Cobham and Esher. On the return trip the route goes via Kingston, to Wimbledon, Putney High Street, Putney Bridge, New Kings Road, Chelsea Embankment, Millbank and Whitehall, before finishing on The Mall.
There will be a large number of road closures around the route from early morning on Sunday 4 August to make sure the route is secure and ready for the 100-mile cycling event. These will include, but are not limited to, the A12, Limehouse Link Tunnel, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Underpass and the A4.  A large number of river crossings will be closed for much of the day, having a major impact on road transport along the route. River crossings and roads closed to traffic but not pedestrians on Sunday 4 August will include:

Blackwall Tunnel / A12 southbound – closed from 01:00, for regular maintenance work followed by the event preparation, to approximately 09:00;
A12 northbound from A13 – closed from 05:00 to approximately 09:00;
A13 eastbound & westbound from A12 to Leamouth Road – closed from 05:00 to approximately 09:00;
Tower Bridge and Southwark Bridge – closed from 04:00 to approximately 15:15;
Westminster Bridge, Lambeth Bridge and Vauxhall Bridge closed from 05:00 to after 19:30;
Chelsea Bridge, Albert Bridge and Putney Bridge – closed from 05:00 to after 19:15;
Chiswick Bridge – closed from 05:00 to after 14:30;
Kingston Bridge – closed from 05:00 to after 19:15;
Hampton Court Bridge – closed from 05:00. Open from 15:30 northbound and 19:00 southbound.

The following river crossings will remain open throughout the day to road traffic:
Blackwall Tunnel northbound will remain open throughout the event with access to the A13 westbound and diversions to allow traffic to travel north;
Rotherhithe Tunnel, London Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge will all remain open;
Kew Bridge, Twickenham Bridge and Richmond Bridge will all remain open.
Full details of road closures are available at and Drivers are urged to plan ahead or to consider re-timing their journey to avoid disruption, particularly if people are planning to travel to or from airports or to a special event.
Bus services around the route will be affected, full details can be found at
Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Prudential RideLondon will be the largest ever mass-participation cycling event to take place in the UK. We want all participants, spectators and residents to enjoy the event weekend and all the usual attractions London has to offer. However, it is important that people become aware of the road closures, particularly on Sunday 4 August. Roads around the route will be particularly busy and we urge people to plan ahead to avoid the disrupted areas.”
Prudential RideLondon events offer great spectator opportunities to cheer on the amateur riders as they take on their 100-mile cycling challenge, as well as watching some of the world’s most famous cyclists competing on London’s roads. People planning to attend the events are advised to plan their journey in advance and to arrive early.

The Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle event – a free, family-friendly, mass-participation bike ride on closed roads through Westminster and the City of London on Saturday 3 August, is also a great opportunity for spectators to get involved in the Prudential RideLondon weekend. It’s free to register – click here to find out more. 
For the latest on how transport services are operating, you are advised to check before you travel at and on Twitter @TfLTravelAlerts (Tube, DLR and London Overground),@TfLTrafficNews (roads) and @TfLBusAlerts (bus).

If you are planning to take a bike on public transport to any of the events, restrictions apply. for more information, and check bike restrictions in place with train operating companies for that weekend at