Tour de France road closures & bus diversions in Westminster on 7 July

16 June 2014
  • Road closures in the City of Westminster on Monday 7 July from 10am
  • More information available at local drop in session in Westminster City Hall on 25 June
  • Details of road closures and bus diversions are available at  

With less than a month to go until the world's largest annual sporting event comes to the City of Westminster, Transport for London (TfL) is holding a local information session to keep Londoners informed about the event.

The iconic Tour de France will roll onto the streets of London on Monday 7 July bringing out hundreds of thousands of Londoners and visitors to see this spectacle.  

On the day, a large number of road closures around the route will be in place so people are advised to  plan their  travel in advance. Road closures for the event will begin after the morning peak at 10:00, with roads reopening as quickly as possible once the Tour has passed through and it is safe to do so. TfL anticipates that all roads will be reopened by 18:00. Pedestrians will be able to cross the route at key crossing points and we are working with local businesses close to the route to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.  

  • Roads closed in Westminster - in addition to the route - will include Horse Guards Road, Pall Mall and roads around the Methodist Central Hall
  • Whitehall, the Strand, Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Road will be closed to through traffic
  • A contra-flow will be in place on the southern side of Parliament Square, enabling vehicles to travel in both directions between Victoria Street and Millbank
  • Piccadilly and Shaftesbury Avenue will remain open

Tower, Southwark and Westminster Bridges will be closed for much of the day but there are no planned closures on any other major river crossings in central London.  

An extensive programme of public engagement and communication around the arrival of the Tour de France in the capital is now underway similar to that developed during the London 2012 Olympics, to help businesses and the public plan and get around on the day and make the most of the return of the prestigious event.  

Residents of the City of Westminster are invited to attend a public information session at Westminster City Hall on Wednesday 25 June between 16:00 and 19:00 which will allow members of the community to talk through the event and its impact on the local area with representatives from TfL.  

The City of Westminster will be well and truly open for business, and people are encouraged to enjoy the atmosphere on their own roads that the riders and the publicity caravanne will create.  

The city will be a great place to see the world's best riders as they pass iconic London landmarks such as Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament, St James's Park and ending up with the final stretch down the Mall.  

The Tour de France - the world's largest annual sporting event - comes to London on Monday 7 July after the first two stages in Yorkshire. Around 200 elite cyclists will travel from Cambridge, through Essex, into London before a spectacular finish on The Mall.  

The Tour de France will draw people onto the streets of London from near and far, and help to inspire more people to take up cycling. Hosting world renowned events such as the Tour reinforces London's reputation as a world-class host of cultural, sporting and business events. Visitors, both domestic and overseas, are brought to the capital by major events, delivering direct and indirect economic benefits, and showcasing London to a much wider audience.  

Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL, said: "We've been working long and hard to plan for the return of the Tour to the capital and now we are asking Londoners to start their planning too.   "We will keep the capital moving, and roads around the race route will, of course, be extremely busy.  So we're asking people to plan ahead and preferably use public transport to make the most of what I'm sure will be an amazing day, helping to  cement London's growing reputation as a major cycling city and encourage more Londoners to travel by bike."  

Bus services around the route will be affected. Some bus services to and from Westminster will need to be diverted, temporarily suspended or terminate earlier than their usual destination, as a result of road closures. Affected local routes include: 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 87, 88, 91, 139, 148, 159, 176, 211 and 453.  

Some stops will also be temporarily relocated or suspended. Routes 14, 19, 22, 38 and 94 are not affected.  

Full details of road closures are available at

Drivers are urged to plan ahead or to consider re-timing their journey to avoid disruption, particularly if people are planning to travel to or from airports or to a special event.

Full details can be found at    

  • Session address: Room 1A & 1B, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria St, SW1E 6QP
  • The detailed Tour de France route is available on the TfL website at To avoid delays drivers are advised to, wherever possible, avoid areas near the event routes in the affected parts of Cambridgeshire, Essex and London. For up to date information on how transport services are operating, check before you travel at and follow @TfLTravelAlerts (Tube, DLR and London Overground), @TfLTrafficNews (roads) and @TfLBusAlerts (bus).  
  • Tube and Rail will be the best way to get around the affected areas of London, with the vast majority of services in central London running as normal. The Circle and District lines are expected to be extremely busy as will stations along the route, particularly in Zone 1 from midday until around 18:00
  • The Tour de France will kick off a spectacular summer of cycling in London, with the exciting event followed by Prudential RideLondon on the 9 and 10 August and then the Tour of Britain, which finishes in the capital on 14 September
  • The Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event and covers approximately 3,500kms. A worldwide television audience of 3.5billion people watch the event annually. There will be 190 countries broadcasting the Tour de France and there are 5,000 hours of TV coverage annually. The last time the Tour visited England was in 2007 when London hosted the Grand Départ, which is the opening of the race
  • This summer's cycling events are likely to inspire thousands more Londoners to take to two wheels, building on the Mayor's ambition for cycling to be an integral part of the transport network. As part of his cycling vision, the Mayor is already engaging in a vast £1billion programme of improvements  - creating a series of enhanced cycling superhighways, urban 'quietways' for more cautious cyclists, and turning some outer boroughs into mini-Hollands
  • For more information on the Mayor's Vision for Cycling visit  
  • The Mayor is committed to ensuring London retains its status as the world capital of sport, and has recently set up the Major Events Oversight Board. The board is chaired by Sir Edward Lister, and comprises of TfL, the emergency services and other key partner agencies. It provides strategic direction and advice to the Mayor on the approach to bidding, staging and evaluating major events in London. The board ensures that all major road events continue to be carefully considered and tightly managed to ensure everyone gets full benefit from the event without undue impact on Londoners and London's transport. The board also looks at ways to ensure the major events programme is effectively communicated with Londoners, visitors, businesses and stakeholders to allow sufficient notice and forward planning for everyone.