Get ready for Olympic race

Published: 16 March 2012

Transport for London has announced more details of how Wandsworth will be affected by the Olympics cycle road race.

The men's and women's road races will take place over the first weekend of the Games on Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29.  The route will be from The Mall to Box Hill and back again via south west London and Surrey . In Wandsworth the cyclists will pass over Putney Bridge , down Putney High Street, along part of the Upper Richmond Road and along Priory Lane into Richmond Park . They will return later in the day along the same route.

Roads along the route will be closed from 3am on the first day and 5am on the second day. The cyclists are expected in Putney at around 10.10am on Saturday and 12.10pm on Sunday.  Roads will remain closed on each day until after they return back through the town and barriers are removed, road signs, traffic lights and islands reinstated, roads thoroughly cleaned and crowds dispersed. This is likely to be mid-evening.

The disruption will be similar to that experienced during last summer's London-Surrey Cycle Classic, which was held as a test event for the Olympic race. However, this year's event will be over two days rather than just one. 

The council and Putney businesses are planning a day of activities in the town centre to keep local people and spectators entertained. Thousands of people are expected to come to Putney to watch the race.

The Olympic Route Network, which passes through the borough from West Hill, through Wandsworth to Nine Elms, will be in operation and will increase pressure on traffic locally. General traffic can use the Olympic Route Network, but there are changes to the way the roads will operate, including restricted turns, suspended bus stops and pedestrian crossings and changes to parking and loading. There will be clearly marked Games Lanes on sections of the route, which will be for accredited and emergency vehicles only, and the adjacent lane will be open to general traffic.

Businesses are urged to start thinking about how road restrictions and pressures on public transport will affect them, and plan accordingly.

A workshop will be held at the town hall on Monday (March 19), with information about the ORN, the likely impact on freight and delivery and advice on how to prepare. To book a place on the workshop, go to

All local residents will also shortly be receiving a leaflet outlining the impact on the borough with their copy of Brightside.

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