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Kay Atwal, Chief Reporter
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Parents, businesses and commuters across the borough are being urged to plan ahead to cope with the Tour de France in Newham on July 7.
Although it is billed as the world’s greatest cycle race it will cause considerable disruption to the day-to-day lives of residents in the borough.
Schools will be closed on the day, road closures will be in force from 10am until 6pm and bus routes will be affected. There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route. There will be no scheduled operations at Newham University Hospital which will still run an A&E department.
Tube and rail services will be the best way for commuters to get about on the day but stations will be busier than usual.
Many doctors surgeries are also expected to be closed on the day so patients are being urged to reschedule appointments with GPs and dentists.
A spokesman for Newham Council said: “We’ve been working with our partners to try and minimise disruption to local people so that residents and businesses can enjoy the event. However the event will cause major disruption to the borough’s roads and bus network on Monday July 7 and it is vital that residents and businesses find out as much information about how they’ll be affected and plan ahead.”
The Tour de France will be on stage 3 of the race which will begin in Cambridge on the morning of July 7. There will be more than 200 riders and 2,000 supporting vehicles travelling through Newham for a 10-mile stretch beginning at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 1.21pm although the first riders won’t get there until 3pm. From there they will go to West Ham Lane, Plaistow, Prince Regent Lane, Royal Docks, Silvertown and the Blackwall Tunnel as they head towards The Mall.
The roads that will be closed are: Stratford High Street, Warton Road, High Street, Broadway, West Ham Lane, New Plaistow Road, Plaistow Road. In Plaistow the High Street, The Broadway, Greengate Street, Prince Regent Lane will be closed. Other roads that will not be open are: Tollgate Road, Stansfeld Road, Royal Albert Way and Connaught Bridge. Junctions from these roads will either be closed or affected.