The benefits of the Tour De France visiting Epping will far outweigh any disruption, according to MP Eleanor Laing.

Mrs Laing has moved to reassure residents after widespread road closures were announced and it emerged High Street market traders will not be compensated for the loss of a day’s trade.

She said: “There is no doubt that it will cause disruption but the benefits far outweigh the problems.

“People all over the world will see what a great place Epping Forest is and I’m very proud that our communities will be showcased by this great international event.”

The sprint finish of Stage 3 of Le Tour will take place in Epping High Street on July 7.

Racers will enter the district in Willingale at about 2pm and pass through Fyfield, Moreton, Magdalen Laver and North Weald, reaching Epping at about 3pm.

Up to 6,000 spectators are expected to line the route.

Roads in the district will be closed to traffic between 9am and 5pm on the day.