Motorists are being warned to stay clear of roads around Twickenham Stadium on Saturday when the first dry run ahead of the Rugby World Cup is taking place.
With the first of the QBE International rugby matches taking place this Saturday (15 August), which is being used as a test event ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, the council is urging residents and local businesses to make sure they are up to speed on the traffic and transport changes that have been put in place.
The transport arrangements for Twickenham will be different to typical match days. In particular, the A316 Chertsey Road between London Road and Hospital Bridge Road will close for seven hours – three hours before, during the match and two after – to accommodate additional bus services and managed access for local residents and businesses. Advanced warning signs on this busy through-road have been used to remind regular users to plan ahead and use alternative routes.
In addition, it will be residents’ vehicle access only in a number of roads immediately around the stadium, most notably in Rugby Road, Mogden Lane and part of Whitton Dene north of the A316, and in roads around Twickenham train station.
Residents have been issued with access permits for the match days to allow them to come and go more easily, but non-residents are asked to avoid driving in this area at busy times to reduce the chance of congestion.
Some buses will also be on diversion and details of these changes can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/bus/status or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
Leader of Hounslow Council, Councillor Steve Curran, said: “The QBE International matches and Rugby World Cup 2015 will make Hounslow a brilliant place to be for the next few months, but we’re asking residents to plan how they will get around now and to tip off friends and relatives who may be visiting during this period so that the party mood isn’t spoiled.”
Further details are available on www.hounslow.gov.uk