Eleanor Laing said benefits will outweigh problems caused by road closures in Epping

'MP has no doubt' that the Tour de France will cause disruption

'MP has no doubt' that the Tour de France will cause disruption

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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.

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1:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

A Great opportunity to improve cycle ways in the Forest! Also will roads not on the route get major resurfacing??? Will our County and District Councillors rise to this challenge?
A Great opportunity to improve cycle ways in the Forest! Also will roads not on the route get major resurfacing??? Will our County and District Councillors rise to this challenge? SNGreen
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4:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

pan says...

Certain road may well get resurfaced but probably only with a lick of tarmac that might just see the day out. I cant see any new cycle tracks being part of the event as its a road event.

As for the obvious benefits that remains to be seen but I am bemused by this trend to refer to "communities" as I was under the impression that we are supposed to be one big community. Obviously that is not how we are viewed.
Certain road may well get resurfaced but probably only with a lick of tarmac that might just see the day out. I cant see any new cycle tracks being part of the event as its a road event. As for the obvious benefits that remains to be seen but I am bemused by this trend to refer to "communities" as I was under the impression that we are supposed to be one big community. Obviously that is not how we are viewed. pan
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10:33pm Wed 12 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

pan wrote:
Certain road may well get resurfaced but probably only with a lick of tarmac that might just see the day out. I cant see any new cycle tracks being part of the event as its a road event.

As for the obvious benefits that remains to be seen but I am bemused by this trend to refer to "communities" as I was under the impression that we are supposed to be one big community. Obviously that is not how we are viewed.
I know it is a road race but it is a cycle race which you hope would lead to promoting cycling in general and thus cycle ways (note I never said tracks, you did).
[quote][p][bold]pan[/bold] wrote: Certain road may well get resurfaced but probably only with a lick of tarmac that might just see the day out. I cant see any new cycle tracks being part of the event as its a road event. As for the obvious benefits that remains to be seen but I am bemused by this trend to refer to "communities" as I was under the impression that we are supposed to be one big community. Obviously that is not how we are viewed.[/p][/quote]I know it is a road race but it is a cycle race which you hope would lead to promoting cycling in general and thus cycle ways (note I never said tracks, you did). SNGreen
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8:31am Thu 13 Mar 14

word of mouth says...

Epping forest cycle ways are fine, if peopel keep complaining they'll tarmac a track through the forest wreaking thr looks.
It's not worth going to work with all of the hassle so i'll waste a days holiday.
Epping forest cycle ways are fine, if peopel keep complaining they'll tarmac a track through the forest wreaking thr looks. It's not worth going to work with all of the hassle so i'll waste a days holiday. word of mouth
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10:03am Thu 13 Mar 14

SNGreen says...

Actually they could be improved especially around the Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell. And as fort tarmacing, you know this how?
Actually they could be improved especially around the Loughton, Buckhurst Hill and Chigwell. And as fort tarmacing, you know this how? SNGreen
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