During the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic Road Cycling Road Race will take place on the roads of London and Surrey on 28 July (men’s competition) and 29 July (women’s competition), the opening weekend of the Olympic Games.
The Box Hill managed area located on the Zig Zag Road incline and Donkey Green, allows spectators to enjoy the race from one of the best vantage points on the route, while protecting the wildlife in one of the most important nature conservation sites in Europe.
The majority of the 120km route of the Road Race is free for spectators to watch, including the rest of the loop around Box Hill.
This page is designed to keep you informed about the London 2012 Olympic Games in your area and provide you with the information you need to plan ahead for the Games.
Installation of temporary venue infrastructure
In order to turn parts of Box Hill into an international sports arena, we will need to put in place some temporary structures and infrastructure including office cabins, PA systems, a big screen and phone lines. Our operational compound will be located in the National Trust car park.
Although some preliminary works have already begun, the full installation will take place from June.
During this time you may notice some construction noise and an increase in the number of vehicles driving to the site. We will work to keep any disruption to a minimum, however, should you experience any problems as a result of these works, please contact us on 08000 722 110 or email us at email@example.com
Venue operations during the Games
In order to run a safe and secure event, we will need to implement the following security measures during the Games:
- fencing and lighting
- security patrols around the venue
- asset protection
- access control system
In order to safely deliver this world-class sporting event, we must secure the route, make sure it is clear of any vehicles and ensure that the route is prepared correctly to optimise athlete safety. This protects both competitors and spectators and will involve extensive road closures and parking restrictions in affected areas from the early hours of the morning until late in the evening on event days.
Roads will close at 4am on Saturday 28 July and 6am on Sunday 29 July. After the events have finished, roads will remain closed for some time to ensure they are safe and secure for public use. Barriers will need to be removed, road signs reinstated, roads thoroughly cleaned, crowds dispersed, security checks completed and stewards stood down before roads can be reopened safely.
The Zig Zag Road on Box Hill will be closed from 25 July to allow us to carry out our venue installation.
Roads will be reopened in stages, starting with the most important roads first. We expect roads to be fully open again by late evening on each event day. We will of course work to open roads as soon as possible to minimise disruption, but factors such as size of crowds, security needs and potential delays to the events will all play a part in determining reopening times.
More detailed information about closures will be provided nearer the time.
On Thursday 26 July, parts of the Box Hill loop will be closed so the route can be tested by officials. This will involve very limited road closures for a short period of time.
More detailed information will be provided nearer the time.
As London 2012 is aiming for all spectators to travel to events by public transport, rail services may be busy on event days. You can minimise disruption to your journey by planning your travel in advance.
There may also be changes to local bus services. Detailed information will be available closer to the Games.
We will encourage spectators to cycle to the events and will be providing secure cycle parking for approximately 2,000 cycles.
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After the Games
We will begin to remove all our temporary structures immediately after the event. We anticipate that it will take us 12 days to remove the infrastructure and reinstate Box Hill to its previous condition.
What will happen and when?
February - Scrub clearance works on Zig Zag Road
March - Preliminary works on Box Hill including installation of fibre optic cable
April - Road resurfacing
Mid June - Temporary venue installation begins. Limited parking in National Trust car park from this point
25 July - Zig Zag Road closed for venue installation
26 July - Technical rehearsal on the Zig Zag Road and Box Hill loop
27 July - Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
28 July - Men’s Olympic Road Race
29 July - Women’s Olympic Road Race
August - Removal of temporary venue
12 August - Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
For more information
For more information about the London 2012 Games in Surrey, visit the Surrey County Council website.
Find out more information about how travel will be affected during the Games.
If you have any questions that you would like us to answer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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