Putney hosts boat race showdown

Published: 28 March 2013

The eyes of the world will be on Putney this weekend to witness the latest showdown between Oxford and Cambridge in the 159th University Boat Race.

Thousands of boat race fans will be heading for the town centre on Sunday to watch the latest clash between these two historic rivals, with restaurants, pubs and bars expected to enjoy a roaring trade throughout the day.

Many will be offering rowing fans and local residents special attractions, throughout the ranging from food to face painting, cocktails, canap├ęs and live music.

For a list of what will be happening across Putney on Sunday, visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/events.

The influx of thousands of spectators to Putney's famous riverside means that parking spaces on Putney Embankment have to be suspended.

The suspensions will commence at 8.30am on Sunday, March 31. Motorists who park their cars there overnight on Saturday will need to move them ahead of Sunday morning's deadline.

Vehicles left in parking bays after this time are likely to be towed away.

Normal parking rules will be reinstated at approximately 6.30pm on Sunday evening 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 Sunday apart from residents.

These roads may also be subject to some parking suspensions at junctions to allow emergency vehicles to access them without being obstructed.