Road closures during the Tour de France have been scheduled to start an hour later.

The closure of the race route on July 7 in Epping Forest south of the A414 will now begin at 9am rather than 8am.

The roads concerned are the B181 between North Weald and Epping, the B1393 through Epping and the A104 towards Woodford Green.

The decision was made at a meeting yesterday between representatives from Epping Forest District Council, various town and parish councils and emergency services and should allow people employed in the area to get to work more easily.

Epping Town Council will be writing to Essex County Council asking for no street trading licences to be issued.

This is in light of the decision to close the town’s market on the race day and would prevent any other traders setting up along the route.

Also discussed at the meeting was the provision of toilets by the organisers, the use of plastic glasses by licensed premises.

Around 6,000 people are anticipated to line the route in Epping for the end of the sprint section of Stage 3 of this year’s tour.