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!
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