Crowds expected in Kingston as heroes go for gold in cycle race
Huge crowds are expected on Kingston streets as Team GB’s Tour de France heroes go for gold in three Olympic sporting events.
Cycle champ Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish will be among medal hopefuls passing through the borough from around 3pm on Saturday.
The women's race will take place at around the same time on Sunday.
The riders will pass through Hampton Court Road, Horse Fair, Wood Street, Clarence Street, Fairfield North, London Road, Kingston Hill, Queens Road, Kingston Gate and Richmond Park.
To cater for these cycling events up to 360 roads within the borough will be closed including residential streets.
Residents are being encouraged to walk with major roads such as St James Road, Kingston Hall Road and Penrhyn Road being closed off.
Portsmouth Road which runs through Kingston, Surbiton, Long Ditton and Esher, will also be affected, as will Brighton Road in Surbiton. Coombe Road resident Carl Kember said: “We are being penned in from 6am.
“I realise this is a great event and lots of people will take interest, but there is concern here about the effect.
“It would even help to open the roads for ten minutes every hour.”
The majority of Kingston town centre will have barriers in place including on Kingston Bridge, outside the Bentals Centre, the Market Place and around the one-way system.
There will be no barriers at the John Lewis underpass or in London Road or Queen Elizabeth Road.
The Queens Road junction with Kingston Hill will have barriers in place.
A spokeswoman from TFL said: "There are a mixture of barriers, cones and non-barrier sections in the road races in Kingston.
"In some areas there will be no barriers at all.
"Along the route in Kingston there will be 30 crossings for pedestrians – some of which are existing traffic crossings.
"Some new crossing points have been added into the route with clear markings on the ground to help with crowd flows.
"There will also be bright pink crossing signs and the volunteers will be located at every crossing point."
A spokeswoman for Kingston Council said: "There will be a small number of vehicle crossings along the roads, but they are only for emergencies."
TfL have advised supporters to avoid public transport, walk or cycle and visit GetAheadoftheGames.com to plan journeys.