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Mayor of London

Travel disruption & advice

Drivers and road users

Road closures and impacts

There will be a large number of road closures on Monday 7 July, affecting the boroughs of Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, City, Westminster, Lambeth and Southwark.

To see detailed London road closures for the day, visit Status updates.

The road closures will result in displaced traffic and make other parts of London busier than usual.  Avoid driving in the affected areas unless absolutely necessary. If you have to drive, plan ahead, consider re-timing your journey and allow more time to complete your journey.

Most streets on and near the race route in London will be open on the morning of Monday 7 July until 10:00, when they will be closed. However, some road closures will need to come into effect earlier so that barriers and other event infrastructure can be installed to ensure the safety of competitors and spectators. These include:

  • The Mall in central London, which will be closed from 16:00 Sunday 6 July and reopen at 23:59 on Monday 7 July
  • No access to or from Waterworks Corner from A406 North Circular from 09:00 on Monday 7 July until the race route reopens

Roads will be opened as quickly as possible, with the intention that all roads will be reopened by 18:00, provided that it is safe to do so.

Vehicles will not be able to cross the route while the road closures are in place, though local access will be maintained for as long as possible. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times and pedestrian access to properties will not be affected.

To allow access across closed roads on the race route, pedestrian access will still be possible at designated crossings, where marshals will ensure you can cross the road safely.

Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed for much of the day; other central London bridges will remain open.

There are no planned closures on key strategic roads, including the A11, A12, A13, M25, and the Rotherhithe and Blackwall Tunnels. There are also no planned closures on the A406 North Circular, with the exception of Waterworks Corner (no access to or from it from 09:00 on Monday 7 July until the race route reopens). 

Parking will be suspended along the route, and on some surrounding roads. Check your local signs to see when the suspensions will apply. If you usually park on an affected road, you'll need to move your vehicle elsewhere in advance, otherwise it may be removed.

People planning to drive to or from airports on Monday 7 July are urged to check if their journey would take them across the route of the race from Cambridge to Essex. See Airports.

If you have to drive, plan ahead, consider re-timing your journey and allow more time to complete your journey. Road journeys avoiding road closures can be planned at the Transport Direct website.

For the latest information on how the roads are operating, check Status updates and follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.

For road closure information outside of London, visit:

Drivers are also advised that Prudential RideLondon events will take place in central London on Saturday 9 August 2014 and in London and Surrey on Sunday 10 August 2014.

Airports

People planning to drive to or from airports on Monday 7 July are urged to check if their journey would take them across the route of the race from Cambridge to Essex.

Consider allowing plenty of time to travel, using public transport to make your journey instead, or plan alternative routes to avoid the road closures.

City Airport

There will be a large number of road closures around City Airport on Monday 7 July. Consider using public transport to make your journey instead. 

If driving to City Airport is your only option, please allow plenty of time as there will be restricted access to road users from 10:00 and for most of the day. 

Traffic marshals will be on hand to guide road users along the diversions and towards the airport.

For the latest information on how the roads are operating, and follow @TfLTrafficNews (roads) on Twitter.

Stansted Airport

Customers travelling on the A9 National Express Stansted Airport coach service are advised that the route will not serve Stratford station on Monday 7 July.  The service will stop at Redbridge station (stop RB) instead. Allow plenty of time to travel and find out more on the National Express website.

Congestion Charge

The Congestion Charge will remain in operation on Monday 7 July. As Tower Bridge is part of the race route, it will be closed between 10:00 and 18:00. A signed diversion route across Blackfriars Bridge through the Congestion Charging zone will be in place. Vehicles following the diversion into the zone will not be charged so long as they follow the signed diversion route. If a customer leaves the signed diversion route then they need to pay the charge. If they do not, they may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

Walking and cycling

Walking may be the easiest way to get around on Monday 7 July. Footways along the event route will be remain open to ensure that pedestrian access to properties is available and spectators can enjoy the event.

Crowd and safety barriers will be in place along certain sections of the route. However, to allow access across closed roads on the race route, pedestrian access will still be possible at designated crossings, where marshals will ensure you can cross the road safely.

Please take extra care if crossing any part of the route on foot, as event vehicles may be travelling along the road at high speed at any time during the closure period.

Cycling may also be an easier option for getting around, however the route will not be available to ride after the road closures are put in or before the roads reopen.

If you are planning on taking your bike on public transport, remember that restrictions apply including on train operating companies outside London. Check Cycling or your train operating company's website for more information.

Remember to always lock your bike and use designated cycle parking facilities or stands, such as those available at the Green Park Fan Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park spectator hub.

Dial-a-Ride

London Dial-a-Ride will, wherever possible, make alternative travel arrangements for passengers. Essential journeys will need careful planning and Dial-a-Ride will advise affected passengers through individual telephone contact and recorded information aimed at a general audience through their telephone booking system.

Find out more about Dial-a-Ride.

Coach users

Customers travelling on the A9 National Express Stansted Airport service are advised that the route will not serve Stratford station on Monday 7 July. The service will stop at Redbridge station (stop RB) instead. Find out more on the National Express website.

Services to and from Victoria Coach station on Monday 7 July are not expected to be affected, however customers should contact their coach operator for details about possible changes to services and allow plenty of time to travel.

Barclays Cycle Hire

Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in and around the route area may be suspended. Docking stations in Tower Hamlets, City and Westminster will be affected and include:

  • Tower Hamlets: Hermitage Court, Vaughan Way, Tower Gardens, Westferry DLR and  East India DLR
  • City: Lower Thames Street, Monument Street, Queen Street and Queen Street 2
  • Westminster: Somerset House, Embankment (Savoy), Embankment - Horse Guards Avenue and Storey's Gate

Customers wishing to cycle the Quirky London leisure route are advised that due to the Queen Street and Queen Street 2 docking stations suspensions, the full route cannot be cycled on Monday 7 July.

Due to busier roads in the area of the event, it may make it difficult for cycle hire redistribution vehicles to collect and replace bicycles. Customers are advised to check cycle and space availability online using our live docking station map.

Public transport users

Buses

Buses in and around the route area will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures. Some stops will also be temporarily relocated or suspended. These buses will be affected from 09:00-18:00.

The following bus routes will be affected:  3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 20, 23, 24, 25, 29, 42, 48, 53, 55, 56, 58, 69, 78, 86, 87, 88, 91, 97, 100, 104, 108, 115, 123, 139, 147, 148, 158, 159, 176, 179, 211, 230, 238, 241, 257, 262, 275, 276, 277, 300, 308, 325, 330, 339, 344, 357, 376, 388, 397, 425, 453, 473, 474, 657, 675, 678, 679, D3, D8, RV1, W12, W13, W14, W15, W16, W19.

From Sunday 6 July all London buses are going cash free. Instead of cash, you can use an Oyster or contactless payment card to pay as you go. A single adult fare, is £1.45. You can also use a Travelcard, Bus or Tram Pass. For more information, please visit Ways to pay

To plan ahead, use our Journey Planner.

For up-to-date information on bus services, follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.

Tube and rail

Tube and rail will be the best way to get around and enjoy the day.

From midday, the Circle and District lines are expected to be busy as will Zone 1 stations along the route during the evening peak.

Stations include:

  • Charing Cross station is expected to be busy between 15:45 and 18:00. Entrance and exits to this station in and around Trafalgar Square will close from 12:00 to 18:00 for safety reasons. Access in and out of the station will be available via the main ticket hall during these times. A one way system in and out of the station and a managed queuing arrangement may be necessary between 15:45 and 18:00 to ensure the station can operate safely
  • Embankment Tube station. Due to station improvements works, customers are reminded that the main entrance will be closed and that Bakerloo and Northern line services are not stopping at this station. Interchange between Embankment and Charing Cross will be possible using the walking route via Villiers Street. Please note that Embankment station is expected to be extremely busy after 15:45
  • Epping Tube station is expected to be exceptionally busy between 14:30 and 17:00. Customers are advised that during those times the ticket hall entrance will be exit only and Hillcrest Way will be entry only
  • Green Park Tube station is expected to be exceptionally busy between 15:45 and 18:00. Customers are advised that during those times entry to the station will be via the south side of Piccadilly and from the Green Park entrance only. A managed-queueing arrangement may be necessary. The north side of Piccadilly will be exit only
  • King's Cross station. Customers are advised that the station will be busy during the evening peak
  • Stratford station. Customers are advised that this station will be busy between 15:30 and 18:00
  • St. James's Park Tube station. Customers are advised that this station will be busy between 15:45 and 18:00
  • Temple Tube station. Customers are advised that this station will be busy between 15:45 and 18:00
  • Tower Hill Tube station. Customers are advised that this station will be busy between 15:45 and 18:00
  • Westminster Tube station will be exceptionally busy between 12:00 and 18:00 and for safety reasons will be exit and interchange only during these times

We encourage anyone travelling to or from the event, or around the affected areas, to avoid the busiest stations, particularly during the evening peak.

Plan ahead using .

For the latest information on Tube, DLR and London Overground services, follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

River

River Services will operate their usual service. However some piers, such as Embankment, will be much busier than usual and services may have to stop at alternate piers.

The Woolwich Ferry will run as normal. However a reduced service may be in operation as roads in some parts of London, including the north side of the river, may be busier than usual.

For up to date information on River Services, follow @TfLRiver on Twitter.

Advice for business and freight

If you make or receive deliveries in Cambridgeshire, Essex or London, you may be affected by traffic congestion and increased journey times because of road closures in the areas around the Tour de France route.

In London, roads will close around 10:00 and reopen around 18:00 when all the riders have passed through and it is safe to do so. If you operate in areas on or near the route you should talk to your customers and suppliers now, to consider if there are changes you can make to your deliveries.

You may wish to consider:

  • Changing the day of your deliveries to avoid Monday 7 July
  • Changing the times of your deliveries to avoid road closures
  • Using alternative routes that avoid the area to make your deliveries, collections and servicing
  • Signing up to the TfL Road Freight Bulletin for regular information and advice on issues impacting deliveries in London. Email freight@tfl.gov.uk
  • Signing up to the TfL Business Engagement Bulletin for monthly updates on how we are improving transport choices. Email businessengagement@tfl.gov.uk

To find out how other businesses have changed the way they make or receive deliveries during major events in London, visit our publications page on Freight.

Postcode data

Download a list of postcode areas affected by the route and closures to help you plan ahead:

Local information

We are holding public information drop-in sessions in local areas affected to help you plan your travel.

City of London

Thursday 26 June, 16:00-19:00
City Marketing Suite, 80 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5AR

Hackney

Tuesday 17 June, 16:30-19:30
Assembly Room 3: Hackney Town Hall, Mare Street, E8 1EA

Newham

Monday 16 June, 11:00-14:00
Plaistow Library, North Street, Plaistow, E13 9HL

Thursday 19 June, 11:00-14:00
Britannia Village Hall, 65 Evelyn Road, West Silvertown, E16 1TU

Monday 23 June, 11:00-14:00
Beckton Library, 1 Kingsford Way, London, E6 5JQ 

Monday 23 June, 16:00-19:00
Conference Room, Old Town Hall, 29 The Broadway, Stratford, E15 4BQ

Redbridge

Wednesday 18 June, 16:30-19:30
Woodford Methodist Church, Derby Road, Woodford, E18 2PU

Tower Hamlets

Thursday 19 June, 16:00-19:00
Lower Room, St Paul's Shadwell, 302 The Highway, E1N 3DH

Wednesday 25 June, 11:00-14:00
Docklands Sailing Centre, 235a Westferry Road, E14 3QS

Waltham Forest

Monday 16 June, 16:30-19:30
Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF

Westminster

Wednesday 25 June, 16:00-19:00
Room 1A & 1B, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, SW1E 6QP