August 23 2014 Latest news:
Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The largest annual sporting event, the Tour de France, is on its way to Newham.
Featuring more than 200 riders, 2,000 vehicles and up to 5,000 officials the race will arrive in the borough on Monday July 7 as part of a three-day visit to Britain.
The borough’s residents can expect disruption as Transport for London has asked for road blocks at major junctions along the route as well as diversions and restrictions on parking. The measures could be in place from 10am for up to eight hours during the day. They are designed to ensure the event passes off safely for riders, spectators and residents.
Millions of people are expected to watch the race which is being staged through Newham for the first time and is brought to the capital by The Mayor of London, Transport for London (TfL) and London and Partners.
It will cover more than ten miles around the borough, entering from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, making its way along Warton Road before turning right into Stratford High Street.
The riders will then make their way along West Ham Lane, past Plaistow Station and on to Greengate Street before crossing the Barking Road into Prince Regent Lane and then through Tollgate and Stansfeld roads. The tour will then cross the Connaught Bridge and riders will leave the borough along Silvertown Way.
A spoksewoman for the council said the authority wants to ensure that residents and businesses can enjoy the event and are able to get around the borough with as little disruption as possible. The council is working to ensure that diversions and road closures are in place for the shortest time possible.
More information from TfL about arrangements on the day will be posted on at Newham.gov.uk/tourdefrance.