Paralympics In Kent
Cycling is the third biggest sport in the Paralympics and between 5th and 8th September, 225 athletes will compete in Kent for 32 Gold Medals
From 5 to 8 September 2012 riders will race round the circuit at Brands Hatch before heading out onto local roads nearby.
Paralympic Road Cycling is the biggest cycling discipline within the London 2012 Games, involving 225 athletes from more than 50 nations.
There will be road races going from 30km to 120km and individual and time trials ranging from 20km to 35km.
A total of 32 events will be run with competitors with a range of disabilities including visual impairments, cerebral palsy and amputations competing on bicycles, tricycles, tandems and hand cycles.
ROAD CLOSURES AND TRAVEL ADVICE
3-8 September 2012
A20 at Gorse Hill:
Closed from just north of Scratchers Lane to just south of the Brands Hatch entrance.
Restricted access will be provided for residents of Gabriel Spring Road.
The signed diversion route will be along the A20 south to the A25, through Seal to Sevenoaks and then north on the A225 through Otford and Eynsford to Farningham. However the M20 will provide a shorter and quicker alternative diversion for residents
Scratchers Lane, Fawkham:
From its junction with A20 London Road throughout its length to its junction with Fawkham Road with restricted access.
Part of Fawkham Road, West Kingsdown:
Between Scratchers Lane and a rear entrance to Brands Hatch with restricted access.
Access to the majority of properties in West Kingsdown will remain open at all times. Due to the closure of the A20, access will not be possible from the Farningham direction but normal access will still be possible from the Wrotham direction. Signage will be in place to show that access is unaffected and to identify the diversion routes.
Kent County Council's Highways team has worked closely with the emergency services as well as care providers to make sure the safety of residents and athletes remains a priority and access is maintained.
Official Games Family Route to and from Brands Hatch
In operation 3-8 September 7.30am - 10.00pm
Where possible, avoid driving on this section of the route at these times or allow extra time for your journey.
This is the route that athletes, officials and accredited media will use to travel been the Olympic Park in East London, where the majority of athletes will be staying, and the competition venue at Brand Hatch.
The route will extend from the Blackwall Tunnel along the A102 onto the A20, joining the M25 from junction 3, then continuing straight ahead onto the M20 southbound to junction 2 with the A20, then northbound on the A20 through West Kingsdown to the venue. This route takes into account the road closures which are in place due to the field of play for the cycling event.
Games Family vehicles will be travelling along this route on the two training days 3 ? 4 September 2012 and the competition days, 5 - 8 September 2012, from 7.30am until around 10.00pm.
To ensure that the athletes and officials can get to and from their events safely, securely and on time, enhanced vehicle recovery services will be provided along the A20 on these dates, to help keep this route clear and the traffic moving.