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RideLondon 2014: Cyclists make their way through Admiralty Arch. Credit: PA

Cyclists will take to the streets tomorrow in the third RideLondon festival. 95,000 riders are expected to take to the roads for the two-day event.

But while many will be out enjoying the traffic-free roads, others may be caught out by road closures. Event organisers have published detailed information about roads that will be affected:

Pro women cyclists take to the streets of London

RideLondon kicks off today with an opportunity for families and people of all ages and abilities to cycle through central London.

Roads in the City centre will be closed to accommodate FreeCycle. Cyclists are encourages to cycle at any pace and as many times around the circuit as they like.

Laura Trott during the British Cycling National Road Championships in Lincolnshire. Credit: PA

Daredevil Andrei Burton will attempt to break a world record in Green Park as the Festival gets underway tomorrow morning. He wants to become the world record holder for the most people jumped over on a bike in two minutes.

The Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix will also take place today - offering festival-goers the chance to watch professional women riders in action - including 2013 winner Laura Trott.


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Crash eyewitness heard "massive" bang and explosion

The plane involved was believed to be a Phenom 300 jet with four people onboard. Credit: ITV News

One eyewitness to the plane crash at Blackbushe said he heard a "massive crunch and bang" before there was a big explosion at the site.

James Sear, who was around 300 yards away when the crash happened, told ITV News: "We saw a big explosion and big plumes of smoke.

"You couldn't see much, the smoke was so thick.

"It was just a massive great fire in the middle of the car auction and you could see a mark where the plane had come through from the Blackbushe runway."

The plane involved was believed to be a Phenom 300 jet with four people onboard.

It was trying to land, shortly after take-off, when it crashed and burst into flames.

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Firefighters battle flames at light aircraft crash site

Footage shot near Blackbushe Airport shows firefighters battling the inferno in the aftermath of the light aircraft crash.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the incident at 3.10pm.

A fire service spokeswoman said: "We have got four pumps and three other vehicles.

"At this stage we do not know anything other than that."


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Four casualties after light aircraft crashes into car park

Emergency services were called just after 3pm Credit: Nathan Greenwood/PA Wire

A fire has broken out after a light aircraft crashed into a car auction shortly after take-off.

Emergency services are currently dealing with the blaze at the auction site, held at Blackbushe airport on the Hampshire and Surrey borders.

The incident happened shortly after 3.10pm.

It is not immediately clear how many people were injured during the incident.

Fire spread quickly after the light aircraft came down Credit: Tubman Thomas via Twitter

Hampshire Police have asked motorists to avoid the area. The crash site backs on to the A30 and is a short distance from the M3.

In a message to motorists, they said: "We're dealing with an air emergency incident at Blackbushe Airport.

"Please avoid the area if you can. We'll update you when we can."

Robert Belcher, a local aviation enthusiast, said he was driving home when he saw a plume of black smoke coming from the site.

"I was passing the airport on my way home and there was a big column of smoke in the air.

"The fire service had closed the road behind me.

"I could see the plume of smoke waving from about five miles away and was hoping it was just a car fire rather than an aircraft accident."

Mr Belcher said he was "shocked" when he discovered that a jet had crashed.

He added: "Apparently the aircraft was landing and just didn't stop.

"At the end of the runway there is a car park because the airport is used for car auctions and it's gone into there.

"I assumed it was cars on fire in the auction yard.

"Local people have said that it was this aircraft which is registered in Saudi Arabia.

"It's been a regular visitor to the airport for a few months.

"The aircraft would hold six people, it's a small jet."

London Underground: we have responded to concerns over work-life balance

London Underground say their new offer addresses the work-life balance issues surrounding the Night Tube, but they have been "unable" to increase the value of the pay deal on the table.

"We've been in detailed discussions with the unions over our original pay and night Tube offer. While we have explained that we could not increase its value, we have worked with the unions to re-shape it in response to their concerns over work-life balance.

We have now provided a revised offer, which we believe addresses all of their concerns, rewards our hard-working staff and remains sustainable and affordable."

– Steve Griffiths, LU Chief Operating Officer
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