London's roads set for standstill this weekend

Travel in and around could be affected by this weekend’s RideLondon cycling festival, transport chiefs have warned.

Anyone heading to London this weekend (3 and 4 August) has been urged to make checks before they go, as many London streets are set to be shut down entirely to allow cyclists free reign for Britain’s largest ever cycling event, reports.

The Prudential RideLondon Festival is set to piggyback on Britain’s stellar showing in the cycling at last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, with around 20,000 amateur and professional cyclists taking to the city streets.

The sheer volume of people, however, means that roads included on the route will be closed to all traffic, which includes 11 Thames bridges, Hyde Park Corner and Hammersmith Flyover. In addition, some 50,000 cyclists are expected to take part in a free eight-mile event in Westminster and the City on Saturday, which will take in The Mall, Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral, among others.

As a result of the disruption, travel chiefs have urged all Londoners and those heading to the city’s event spaces to check their route before heading out and consider alternatives in the event of needing to amend routes on-the-go.

Transport for London commissioner Sir Peter Hendy told “This is the largest event London’s streets will have seen since the Olympics.

“Hosting such an event means we must close traffic to many bridges and hundreds of roads. During the London 2012 Games, Londoners and businesses took sensible steps to plan ahead and adapt their travel. I’m urging everyone to do that once again.”