Hyde Park

Meeting: 
MQT on 2011-10-12
Session date: 
October 12, 2011
Reference: 
2011/3152
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

What road restrictions will be in place around Hyde Park during the Men's Olympic Triathlon? Will there be any test events to ensure that motorists and TfL are prepared for the traffic disruption that will be caused by this event taking place on a weekday?

Answer

Answer for Hyde Park

Answer for Hyde Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As with all the London 2012 road events, the Men's Triathlon, on 7 August 2012, will require a number of road closures to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators, including avoiding vehicle-spectator conflict in the areas adjacent to the race route.

To secure the route and allow for the installation of barriers, the roads will need to be closed for a few hours before the race starts, whilst the race is on and then be re-opened once the barriers have been removed and the roads are safe for traffic. This will, of course, be done with all possible expediency.

TfL is working with the relevant Highway Authorities to plan for this and all other Olympic and Paralympic Events as a number of factors, including the specific requirements of each event, the Olympic Route Network requirements and the Central London Zone, must be taken into account before deciding the exact timing of road closures.

Information on the timing of closures will be made publicly available by March next year and TfL will continue to work with businesses, freight organisations and others as part of their London 2012 planning.

Although Hyde Park Corner has not been closed for any planned events on a weekday before, TfL is well practiced in managing traffic during major London events. This August's London - Surrey Cycle Classic Road Race and Triathlon test events produced important lessons that will be incorporated into the planning. At this stage, there are no plans to hold an additional weekday test event.