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Traffic chaos feared as Tour of Britain hits central London

Taxis queue in a traffic jam through central London Credit: Reuters: file photo

The final leg of the UK's largest professional cycle race hits the capital's streets today, but there are fears that the 88 km route through a network of closed off roads could cause travel pandemonium in the city.

Transport for London are advising people to be extra careful when planning their route - over 60 roads are affected today along with 23 bus routes facing diversions. Two of the city's main bridges - Westminster Bridge and Southwark Bridge - will be closed off as well.

Full details of all the closures are on the TfL website at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/28368.aspx.

Londoners lead the way in sustainable commuting

People in London continue to turn to two wheels Credit: Reuters

More Londoners are taking public transport and cycling to work than anywhere else in the country.

New figures show that cycling has increased in 29 out of 33 Greater London boroughs. And in Newham, more than two-thirds of people now use public transport to get to work.

New figures show that cycling has increased in 29 out of 33 Greater London boroughs. And in Newham, more than two-thirds of people now use public transport to get to work.

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Regent Street: Traffic free Sundays

From today one of London's most iconic shopping streets, Regent Street, will be traffic free on each Sunday of July.

The scheme is designed to give a boost to retailers and is based on a similar initiative in New York that sees parts of Manhattan become pedestrian-only.

It also forms part of the Mayor of London's bid to clean up the air in the Capital.

The Summer Streets on Regent Street event will take place on 7, 14, 21 and 28 July.

"Visitors can expect a much more relaxed shopping experience in a pedestrianised environment with bars, food and entrainment.

Mostly I can’t wait to see loads of people having fun, chilling on the benches, having a drink at the bars and enjoying a new experience."

– Di Robson, Creative Planner for Summer Streets
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