Esher Gets Set for Olympic Cycling Disruption
By dittonboy | Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 14:32
There's been a bit of panic buying in the supermarkets around Esher in preparation for this weekend's cycling event. Shelves at Waitrose in Esher looked a bit depleted yesterday as a great number of people have stocked up as they will literally be stuck at home for the whole weekend. The checkout girl commented that it was 'a bit like Christmas'.
Esher High Street will be closed this weekend for the Olympic Time Trial
Just in case you don't know, this weekend all sections of the Olympic Cycling route will close from 6am and on the Saturday the part from Ember Court roundabout to Hampton Court will close from 4am. The slip roads from both carriageways of the A3 to the A244 at Esher Common junction will be closed from 6am. For information on the route and closures click on Go Surrey.
After the events, roads will remain closed for some time until LOCOG's event safety team conclude that reopening the roads will not potentially cause harm to spectators. The Hampton Court area is expected to reopen in early evening.
You won't be able to park along the route. In fact, even if you decide to walk somewhere you will be limited to certain crossing areas and times! Police will begin to check that the roads are clear and tow vehicles from the race route from midnight on event days. There is also likely to be a great deal of spectator parking which is likely to clog local roads.
Emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the route at designated crossing points while roads are closed, before and after the competitors have passed. If you think that road closures might seriously affect access for regular medical treatment, contact your surgery or clinic or hospital for advice.