Olympic Parking

As part of the road cycling road races weekend Mole Valley District Council are organising temporary car parks in four places around the district to provide parking for the visitors coming to watch this Olympic event.
More information can be found on the MVDC website: http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=13499
To promote these car parks Mole Valley District Council have designed a flyer which will be in all of the Mole Valley District Council car parks.

Olympic Cycling – Travel Plans

An Olympic tale from one of the members:
Website:  www.gosurrey.info/olympic-road-cycling/
Email:     olympic.cycling@surreycc.gov.uk
Tel:          0300 200 1018
Address: Surrey 2012 Team, Surrey County Council, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN
It has taken several phone calls and emails to Surrey County Council in Kingston for me to extract this info – so I hope this precious, time-consuming information will be of use to you!
The route through Surrey goes from Hampton Court, via Brooklands, West Byfleet, Pyrford, Ripley, West Horsley, East Clandon, Shere, Gomshall, Westcott, Dorking, Box Hill, Leatherhead, Oxshott, Esher and returning to Hampton Court, continuing into London (see map on website:  http://www.gosurrey.info/assets/documents/road-race-map-with-dates – takes several minutes to download).
This route is due to be closed on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July from 4.00 am until 21.00.  Rumour has it that it may not re-open over Saturday night in places.  The races are due between 12.45 and 15.30.  Therefore if you are landlocked inside the loop, the only “escape routes” that I have been informed of are the A3 and Junction 10 of the M25, (where I expect half of Surrey will be queuing to drive out!).  If you can face the crowds on the trains, you can try travelling by rail.  If you want to cross on foot, there will be pedestrian crossings, open until about 12.00 and from 15.30 (these are the times for Oaklawn Road in Leatherhead, they will be earlier in Dorking).
If, like us, you have an unavoidable appointment (we are due for a 60th birthday gathering in Sussex on Sunday), you may like to plan ahead and drive out of the loop on the Friday evening beforehand, park the car somewhere safe and then walk across on your exit day in order to continue your “escape”.
The Olympic ticketholders are being advised to arrive at Dorking station and then walk up to an hour to their seats at Box Hill, also allowing time for the airport-style security checks (no liquids allowed, etc).
I hope this information is useful.  Please let me know if you have any updates, as this is only correct as far as I have been informed by Surrey County Council Olympic Cycling information department. 
You can ring Surrey County Council with further questions (0300 200 1018).
Good Luck with your travel (or stay-at-home) plans!
All the best – Enjoy the summer!

Notice of Major Road Closures

I have been told today of two sets of roadworks that will involve major road closures. The details are on the Surrey County Council website and I provide links below. They are:

1. A24 Leatherhead Bypass 11th June to 16th June.

2. Kingston Road, Leatherhead 1st August to 12th September

Also, of course, there will be many road closures on the 28th & 29th July for the Olympic Road Cycling Road Races. For full information click on this link to the
Go Surrey website’s list of road closures.

Advanced notice of LRA Open Meeting on 28th May

The Presentation on the Olympic Road Cycling Road Race at 8.00 pm follows the LRA’s AGM (17.30 – 8.00); both meetings are in the Abraham Dixon Hall of the Leatherhead Institute.

Agenda, reports etc for the AGM will be posted on the Blog on before the 21st May.

Please note that there are no meetings of the LRA scheduled for earlier in May and the next Open Committee Meeting will be on Monday June 11th (June 4th being a Bank Holiday).

Olympic volunteer – drop-in sessions

In case you are not aware, I am highlighting the 2 drop-in sessions we are running with Voluntary Action Mid-Surrey for anyone thinking of offering to work as a volunteer for Mole Valley for the Olympics.
Here is a link to the website article:
Sessions are tomorrow at Dorking Volunteer Centre (too short notice I know) and Monday 20 February at Leatherhead Leisure Centre.
Both sessions are 7-9pm 
If you can’t make a drop-in but are still interested in volunteering, please contact VAMS on 01372 722911 or by logging on to volunteering@vamidsurrey.org. Alternatively, visit MVDC’s volunteering page www.molevalley.gov.uk/london2012 or call 01306 879188 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01306 879188      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for an informal chat.
The Dorking Volunteer Centre is located in The Mayflower Centre, Lyons Court, Dorking, RH4 1AB. Leatherhead Leisure Centre is located at Guildford Road Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 9BL.
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council

Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

LOCAL LEADERS…Get Ready to Celebrate

Dear All
Please find attached a flyer outlining the new initiative from LOCOG aimed at encouraging general public engagement in the London 2012 Games. I hope that you would be willing to circulate this amongst your residents alongside our own plea for volunteers to get involved in helping us make the Olympic Torch Relay and the men’s and women’s Road Cycle Races a great success for Mole Valley.
Look out for more information on Mole Valley’s own Olympic celebrations called The Big Weekend too – see our website later this week!
Kind regards
Louise Bircher
Customer Service and Communications Manager
Mole Valley District Council

Tel: 01306 879155
Follow us on Twitter @MoleValleyDC

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Olympics: Transport for London Advice

The London 2012 Games are fast approaching and the city will inevitably be a lot busier than usual at that time.

As some journeys and locations will be affected at certain times, a new Get Ahead of the Games website has been launched, to help you to avoid travel hotspots. This has:

  • An interactive map showing the impact on travel
  • Details of key affected stations
  • Information on the Games lanes, the Olympic Route Network (ORN), the Paralympic Road Network (PRN) and how road restrictions may affect you
  • Days and times of events
  • Travel tips to help you get around in London

For more information, visit GetAheadoftheGames.com