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London - Brighton Bike Ride Is Back
Thirty Thousand Cyclists have pedalled through Sussex and Surrey on the annual BHF London to Brighton bike ride, but they are arriving in what some have described as a 'third world country.'
Drizzle greeted the riders as they swept into Surrey and made their way down through Mid Sussex before making the gruelling climb up Ditchling Beacon and into Brighton.
But for many the most unpleasant part of the ride was when they arrived in the city. The strike over pay and allowances by refuse and recycling workers means litter and communal bins have not been emptied. Many are overflowing and there are black bags in the streets.
The GMB warned on Saturday that the city would look like a bomb site by Monday morning. Residents have described the scene as an 'embarrassment,' some riders have tweeted that it is like cycling into a 'third world country.'
Elsewhere riders were cheered on by people lining the roads, as expected there were some traffic problems at major junctions. Haywards Heath was particularly slow and people reported having trouble getting in and out of Brighton and Hove.
It is the 36th year of the 54 mile ride which is in aid of the British Heart Foundation and is estimated to have raised nearly £40m over the years.
The BHF has to make arrangements for getting the riders home. Southern Rail does not allow bikes on its trains on the day due to the huge number involved and the limited space for cycles in their carriages.
These are the roads closed or partially closed in Surrey and Sussex
Carshalton High Street at Park Lane - no entry westbound 0615 - 1300
Pound Street at West Street and at Carshalton Road no entry eastbound
Woodmansterne Road northbound from A2022
Carshalton Road between County Boundary and Manor Hill 0600 - 1400
REIGATE & BANSTEAD
B278 Rectory Lane, Woodmansterne
How Lane from Chipstead Valley Road to Coulsdon Lane
High St Chipstead from How Lane to Markedge Lane
Markedge Lane from High Road to Gatton Bottom
Gatton Bottom from Markedge Lane to Tower Lane
Rocky Lane to London Road A23
New Battlebridge Lane
Battlebridge Lane from Frenches Road to Nutfield Road
Nutfield Road from Battlebridge Lane to Borough Boundary
Nutfield Marsh Road from Cormongers Lane to Church Hill 0700 - 1500
Church Hill from Nutfield Marsh Road to A25
Coopershill Road from A25 to Kingscross Lane
Prince of Wales Road from Kingscross Lane to Dayseys Hill
Dayseys Hill and Rookery Hill to Chapel Road, Smallfield
Chapel Road through Smallfield to Redehall Road
Redehall Road to Antlands Lane at Keeper's Corner
Effingham Road from Keeper's Corner to West Park Road
West Park Road from Effingham Road to Mill Lane
Mill Lane to Dukes Head Roundabout - no entry northbound 0700 - 1800
B2028 from Dukes Head to Turners Hill - no entry northbound
North Street at Turners Hill - no entry northbound
B2028 from Turners Hill to Ardingly - no entry northbound
B2028 from Ardingly through Lindfield to Summerfield Lane no entry northbound
B2112 Haywards Heath from Rocky Lane to County Boundary closed Northbound only
B2112 from County Boundary to Folders Lane closed Northbound only 0600 - 1900
B2112 Common Lane from Folders Lane to Ditchling - closed
Northend Lane, Ditchling through Beacon Road
Beacon Road over Ditchling Beacon to Carden Avenue
BRIGHTON & HOVE
Coldean Lane from Carden Avenue to Lewes Road 0730- 2100
Slip road from Carden Avenue to A27 bypass eastbound
Old Steine, Brighton from St Peters Church to Aquarium Roundabout bikes only lane in l/h carriageway
Madeira Drive Brighton 0600 - 23.59
Mill Road, Brighton 0730 - 2100
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