Tour de France Grand Depart road closures

Final plans for road closures and public transport changes during the London Grand Départ of the Tour de France have been announced.

Final plans for road closures and public transport changes during the London Grand Départ of the Tour de France have been announced.

The tour will come to UK capital for the first time on Friday (July 6). And with a million spectators expected to watch the three days of racing, reducing the impact on the road network has been a logistical nightmare for city transport chiefs.

Transport for London (TfL) has now announced road closures, which will start at 12 noon on Friday. Roads will be shut for the Opening Ceremony on Friday (July 6), the Prologue on Saturday (July 7) and Stage One on Sunday (July 8).

Bus routes will be diverted or shortened for parts of the weekend. To offset the effect, all engineering works on the Underground in central London have been suspended while the race is in the city. TfL will be providing 11,000 temporary cycle parking spaces for spectators. However, commuters are being urged to avoid the Trafalgar Square area on Friday evening, when large crowds are expected to attend the opening ceremony.

TfL's head of special projects, Mick Hickford, said: "This event has been years in the planning and I am confident disruption will be kept to a minimum."

TfL has produced a leaflet to help spectators follow the race, find Tube stations near the best viewpoints and avoid busy crowds. They are available at all London Underground stations and can also be downloaded from the TfL website at: www.tfl.gov.uk

To allow access across closed roads on the Stage One route, there will be crossing points for cars and other vehicles. These will shut three hours before the arrival of the riders and re-open approximately 30 minutes after the last riders have passed.

Pedestrian access will still be possible along the Stage One route on Sunday. Zebra crossings, pelican crossings and all traffic signals will remain on, but will not apply to any vehicles involved in the Tour de France, which may be travelling at high speeds. Extreme caution is advised when these vehicles are passing and when crossing these roads. All roads are expected to be re-opened by 2pm on Sunday.

For 24-hour information on public transport in London, call +44 (0)207 2221234. For TfL's Realtime pages, which display live travel information on the capital's public transport network, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/realtime

Details of road closures

The Opening Ceremony on Friday July 6

Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Strand and Charing Cross Road will be closed from 12 noon until about 11pm.
All buses will be diverted away from the area during this time.
Whitehall will remain closed overnight.

The Prologue on Saturday July 7

The following roads will be closed from about 7am until 9pm: Trafalgar Square, Strand, Whitehall, Westminster Bridge, Victoria Street, Hyde Park Corner, Kensington Road, Kensington Gore, and parts of Park Lane, Millbank and Charing Cross Road.

The Grand Départ on Sunday July 8

The following bridges will be closed: Westminster, Blackfriars, Southwark, London Bridge and Tower Bridge, with many other roads around Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square, Waterloo, Blackfriars, St Paul's, Bank, Monument and Tower of London also closed.

Details of effects on London buses

The Opening Ceremony on Friday July 6

Routes 12, 15, 23, 24, 88, 139, 159, 176 and 453 will be diverted via New Oxford Street, Kingsway and Aldwych, with routes 12, 88, 159 and 453 continuing via Waterloo Bridge and York Road. These routes will also be unable to serve Regent Street or Piccadilly Circus. Routes 11, 24 and 87 will also use Waterloo Bridge, York Road and Westminster Bridge.

Some routes will terminate short of their normal destination: 3 (Millbank), 6, 9 & 13 (Piccadilly Circus), 29 (Tottenham Court Road), 53 (Parliament Square) and 91 (Aldwych). Whitehall will remain closed overnight and buses will not serve stops in Whitehall and Parliament Street.

The Prologue on Saturday July 7

The following routes will be diverted: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 52, 74, 88, 137, 139, 148, 159, 211, 360, 414, 452, 453.

The following routes will stop short of their normal destination: 2, 3. 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 29, 53, 73, 82, 87, 91, 436. Routes 24 and 36 will operate in two sections with no through service in the central area. Late evening and night services from 9pm until 12 midnight will be diverted away from Whitehall and Parliament Street.

The Grand Départ on Sunday July 8

Buses will be diverted from about 06:00 until 13:00, with many routes stopping short of their normal destination and some routes will not operate at all during this time.

The following routes will be diverted: 8, 15, 24, 25, 26, 42, 45, 63, 76, 77, 78, 88, 100, 139, 148, 159, 176, 188, 242, 453 and C10.

The following routes will stop short of their normal destination: 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 21, 23, 29, 35, 40, 42, 43, 48, 53, 76, 78, 87, 91, 133, 141, 149, 172, 211, 341, 343, 344 and 388.

Route 47, 381 and RV1 will not run at all in central London until roads are re-opened after the event, while night buses running after 6am on Sunday morning will also be diverted.

London Underground

There are no planned Underground works in central London during the event.
Hyde Park Corner, however, will be 'exit only' for the duration of Saturday July 7.
Other stations will be operating crowd control methods and may be subject to short term measures.
There will be some alterations to services outside the Central London area during the Tour de France weekend:
- The Metropolitan line is suspended between Harrow-On-the-Hill and Amersham/Chesham/Watford. See www.tfl.gov.uk for replacement services
- On the Northern line, southbound trains will not stop at Highgate, while Northbound trains will not stop at Hendon Central
- Trains will not stop at Dollis Hill or Finchley Road on the Jubilee line
- The Bakerloo line is suspended between Willesden Junction and Harrow and Wealdstone until 1145 on Sunday July 8 only

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