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Tour of Britain Cycle Race Coming to Guildford This Week

Published on: 8 Sep, 2012
Updated on: 12 Sep, 2012

Just weeks ago – Olympic cyclists in Surrey

By Flora Windebank

Bradley Wiggins and other top class cyclists will once again be pedalling along local roads next weekend.

Before Surrey towns can draw breath following the intense excitement of the Olympic cycle races, the county is in for another day of cycling mania. On Sunday 16th September, the Guildford borough will be home to the last exciting hours of the Tour of Britain Cycling Race. Over 100 cyclists are taking part, and on Sunday they will cover more than 90 miles of Surrey Roads.

They are expected to pass through Guildford at 1pm, and to return again for the anticipated finale in Guildford High Street at 3.40pm.

The cyclists will also be passing through: Gomshall, Shere, Albury, Chilworth, Shalford, Artington, St Catherine’s, Burpham, Jacob’s Well, Send, West Clandon, West Horsley and East Clandon. Guildford Borough Council has anticipated that there will be large crowds in Guildford residents that live in any of the other areas are encouraged to watch there, for a much better chance of seeing the action. A full map of the Surrey route and estimated times can be seen here.

The following town centre road closures will be in place from 4.45am to 7.30pm:
– High Street and Upper High Street, from Millbrook to Epsom Road

Roads were closed in Gomshall for the Olympic Cycling Races

– Chertsey Street, between High Street and Martyr Road
– North Street, between Chertsey Street and Commercial Road
– Market Street
– Angel Gate
– Tunsgate
– Quarry Street, between High Street and Castle Hill
– Mill Lane
– Woodbridge Road, between North Street and Leapale Road car park exit
– Alexandra Terrace, between High Street and Black Horse car park entrance.

Three further roads will be closed from 12 noon to 4.30pm

– High Street, between Park Street and Millbrook
– Millmead
– Bury Street, between Bury Fields and High Street.

A temporary one-way system will operate along North Street to allow access from Ward Street and Leapale Road via Haydon Place.

Parking restrictions will also be in place in the following areas of the borough:
Albury: The Street, between Weston Yard and Church Lane – 11.30am to 2pm
Chilworth: Dorking Road, between Lockner Holt and Old Manor Lane – 11.30am to 2pm
Chilworth: New Road, between Old Manor Lane and Hornhatch Lane – 11.30am to 2pm
Send: Send Road, between Wharf Lane and Send March Lane – 11.50am to 2.50pm
Shalford: Kings Road, between New Road and Horsham Road – 11.30am to 5pm
Shalford: Horsham Road, between Kings Road and Broadford Road – 11.30am to 5pm
Shalford: Broadford Road, between Horsham Road and Old Portsmouth Road – 11.30am to 5pm
Shalford: Old Portsmouth Road, between Broadford Road and Sandy Lane – 11.30am to 5pm
Guildford: London Road, between Epsom Road and York Road – 11.30am to 2.15pm
Guildford: Portsmouth Road, between Sandy Lane and Park Street – 11.30am to 5pm
Guildford: High Street, between Park Street and Epsom Road – midnight to 7.30pm
Guildford: Tunsgate from Castle Street – midnight to 11pm
Guildford: Chertsey Street, between High Street and Martyr Road – midnight to 11pm
Guildford: North Street, between Chertsey Street and Onslow Street – midnight to 11pm
Guildford: Market Street, between North Street and High Street – midnight to 11pm
Guildford: Martyr Road, between Chertsey Street and Haydon Place – midnight to 7.30pm
Guildford: Leapale Road, between Woodbridge Road and North Street – midnight to 7.30pm
Guildford: Woodbridge Road, between Onslow Street and North Street – midnight to 7.30pm
Guildford: York Road, between London Road and Foxenden Road – midnight to 7.30pm.

Sign on the Portsmouth Road Guildford warning of next weeks restrictions

You will not be able to park your car along these roads and any that are parked will be towed away. You will not be able to stop to load or unload goods or passengers.

The following town centre car parks will be closed all day:
– George Abbot car park, Bury Street
– Commercial Road car park.

You will not be able to access or exit the following car parks from 11.30am to 4.30pm:
– Millmead on-street parking
– Millmead House front car park.

Park and ride services will operate throughout the day – further information will be available soon at You can also find car park and cycle parking information on that website.

Buses to and from the town centre will run a normal Sunday service, but with amended town centre routes. The Friary bus station will operate as normal. For more information visit

An enhanced Sunday train service will run to Guildford from Reigate, London and Reading.

Are you pleased to see the cyclists returning? Are they an inspiration to us all to keep fit or are they just a nuisance causing traffic disruption and encouraging the questionable sight of MAMILs (Middle Aged Men In Lycra)? Why not have your say? Please use the ‘Leave a Reply’ feature below.

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