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Road closures in Tower Hamlets on Sunday 30 July for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey

The annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling 2-day festival will hit the streets of Tower Hamlets this weekend on Saturday and Sunday 29-30 July.

The cycling event starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before finishing on The Mall and will be the largest mass participation cycling event ever held in the UK, with thousands of cyclists, including some of the world’s top professionals, taking part across the borough.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs said:  “This is a great event for the borough and residents in Tower Hamlets who want to take part either in a fun capacity or in a more competitive way. There are some fantastic landmarks which cyclists will get to see some but visitors can support the riders and see our lively borough.

 “We will of course do everything we can to minimise the disruption caused by road closures to local residents and our officers will be out in force to clean up after the event.”

Saturday 30 July sees the London Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle from 9am to 4pm  - a family friendly ride for cyclists of all ages and abilities to explore an eight mile traffic-free loop in central London including seven festival sites. In Tower Hamlets there will be a guided cycle led by London Cycling Campaign experienced ride leaders who will cycle at a relaxed, easy pace for beginners.  There are no road closures in the borough on Saturday.

The ride will be led from under the Green Bridge at Mile End Park on Mile End Road, E3 4PL at 10am. It will cover a distance of 3.5 miles to Leadenhall Market. A return guided ride will leave the market for Mile End Park at 3pm. Find out more or information about the local ride.

On Sunday 31 July more than 25,000 amateur cyclists will tackle the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, a 100-mile challenge ride on closed roads through London and Surrey and the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, a 46-mile challenge ride on closed roads through London. Both races begin at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and pass through Tower Hamlets. Later that day 150 of the world’s best professional men will race against each other in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic starting in Horse Guards Parade.

Sunday Road closures: 

The will be extensive road closures in the borough and roads which will be closed between 4am and 11.45am include:

  • A12 southbound between Redbridge Roundabout and East India Dock Road (including Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach although Blackwall Tunnel will be open)
  • East India Dock Tunnel
  • A13 Newham Way westbound
  • Aspen Way
  • Limehouse Link
  • The Highway
  • East Smithfield
  • Minories
  • Tower Hill

Drivers are advised, wherever possible, to avoid areas near the routes and to ensure more time for journeys. Buses around the events will be on diversion or will finish early due to road closures.

Find out more about the East London road closures.

Access to Wapping and the Isle of Dogs will be extremely difficult.   Please call the Prudential Ride London helpdesk on 020 7902 0212 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) if you have a specific access question about a social care or medical visit, a wedding or other planning needs. This number will also be open on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 from 5am to 7pm.


Posted on Wednesday 26th July 2017