More road closure madness!!


SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE BUT WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED THIS

On 9 October the Queen’s Baton Relay will begin. The Baton Relay will take a ceremonial baton on a 248 day journey through 70 Commonwealth countries before it arrives in Glasgow for the opening of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Full details can be found at http://www.glasgow2014.com/queens-baton-relay

The ceremony will take place in front of Buckingham Palace and will include a number of dignitaries.

The ceremony will require a number of road closures which will be implemented at 8am in order to allow security sweeps to be completed. Reopening time is estimated as 12.15.

Affected roads will be:

Cycle and pedestrian routes will be kept open until the Ceremony itself, which is scheduled from 11-11.30am. During the Ceremony managed crossing points will be in operation.

It is anticipated that the customer groups most likely to be affected are the taxi and private hire trade and cyclists, including Barclays Cycle Hire users.
Travel information and advice messaging
• The Queen’s Baton Relay will be launched at Buckingham Palace on 9 October.
• The Relay will take the Baton, which incorporates a message from the Queen, through 70 Commonwealth nations before arriving in Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
• The ceremony around the Relay’s departure will mean that some roads in the area are closed from 8am.
• Affected roads are:
o Constitution Hill
o Marlborough Road
o The Mall (west of Horse Guards Rd)
o Spur Road/Link Road
o Birdcage Walk eastbound
• These roads will reopen once it is safe to do so. Expected reopening is around 12.15.
• Taxi and private hire drivers and operators should note that alternate routes should be used.
• Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to continue to use routes in the area until around 11am when the departure ceremony begins.
• The ceremony will continue from 11-11.30. During this period crossing points managed by stewards will be in operation, enabling pedestrians to cross the closed roads when it is safe to do so.
• Wherever possible, drivers are advised to avoid this area until roads reopen.

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