Saturday morning parking reminder as Putney welcomes more rowers

Published: Thursday 23rd March 17

Thousands of rowing fans are once again expected to head to Putney on Saturday to witness the climax of the 2017 Head of the River Race.

Restaurants, pubs and bars in the town centre are expected to enjoy a roaring trade throughout the day as people celebrate the latest milestone in the rowing calendar.

Putney has a lengthy historical link with the sport and is home to 20 major rowing clubs. This particular race dates back to 1926.

This year around 360 boats will be taking part involving some 3,200 rowers competing on a four and a quarter mile course that starts in Mortlake and finishes at Putney Bridge.

The first boats will set off from Mortlake at 2.15pm and will arrive in Putney approximately 20 minutes later. 

With so many boat trailers plus a big crowd of spectators all gathering on Putney Embankment it means that parking spaces there have to be suspended.

The suspensions will commence at 8am on Saturday, March 25. Motorists who park their cars there overnight on Friday will need to move them ahead of Saturday morning’s deadline. Vehicles left in parking bays after this time are likely to be towed away.

Normal parking rules will be reinstated at around 8pm once the spectators and boat trailers have departed.

Numerous signs notifying drivers of the changes have been placed along Putney Embankment.

Residential roads linking Putney Embankment with the Lower Richmond Road will also be closed to all traffic on Saturday apart from residents.

For further information about parking arrangements call the helpline on (020) 8871 8871. For more information about the race visit

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