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Tour de France 2014 – coming to Tower Hamlets

Wednesday 25 June 2014

The Tour de France is coming to London on Monday 7 July. Starting in Cambridge, the third stage of the race will see more than 200 of the world’s greatest cyclists pass through east London before a spectacular finish on The Mall.

This iconic event is set to draw people onto the streets of London and a number of roads will be closed for the event. 

Stage 3 – Cambridge to London, Monday 7 July 2014

  • Starts 12.15pm and expected to finish by 4pm
  • Total route length 155km
  • Route length Cambridge to London boundary – 118km
  • Route length London boundary to The Mall – 37km
  • More information on the route is available on the Tour de France website.

The route will start in Cambridge city centre at around midday, going through Great Shelford in Cambridgeshire before heading into Essex.

The sprint will commence in Essex, then pass through Saffron Walden and close to the towns of Braintree and Chelmsford, before heading west and riding through Epping.

The route then reaches Greater London, where the world’s greatest cyclists will ride close to Woodford Green, Chingford, Walthamstow and Snaresbrook before approaching central London via Leyton, Stratford, West Ham, Plaistow, Silvertown, Leamouth, Poplar, Wapping and Shadwell.

Once past the Tower of London, the final kilometres of the route will take them along the Thames, towards Lower and Upper Thames Streets and Victoria Embankment, before riding past the Houses of Parliament, around St James's Park and finishing, with Buckingham Palace as a backdrop, on The Mall between 3.30pm and 4pm.

Planning your journey to QMUL

For all travel disruption and advice please visit the Transport for London (TfL) website.

Drivers and road users

The roads on the Tour de France route through north, east and central London will be closed from 10am until 6pm on Monday 7 July. To see detailed London road closures for the day, visit TfL’s Status updates.

Within Tower Hamlets:

  • Blackwall and Rotherhithe Tunnels will remain open all day.
  • Access to and from the Isle of Dogs will remain open.
  • There are no planned closures on key strategic roads, including the A11, A12, A13, M25 and A406 North Circular.

Tube and rail
Tube and rail services will be running as normal. The Circle and District lines are expected to be extremely busy as will stations along the route, particularly in Zone 1 from midday until around 6pm.

Buses
Some bus routes will be diverted or will terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures. Bus services will be affected from 9am until 6pm. Please click here to view temporary bus changes or visit the TfL website for more details.

Barclays Cycle Hire
Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in and around the route area may be suspended. You are advised to check cycle and space availability online using TfL’s live docking station map.

Docking stations in Tower Hamlets will be affected and include: Wapping Lane, Reardon Street, Hermitage Court, Pennington Street, Vaughan Way, Nesham Street, St Katharines Way, Wapping High Street, Tower Gardens, Garnet Street, Westferry DLR and  East India DLR.

Useful links

Tower Hamlets Council: www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/news__events/news/june_2014/tour_de_fance_is_coming.aspx

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