Road Closure FAQ’s

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Why are road closures required?

Due to the scale and numbers participating in Vélo Essex, it is necessary to implement road closures across the full route to facilitate the safe passage of the participants and to ensure the safety of residents and businesses. These are put in place and removed in sections to minimise the length of time the roads are closed.

The route and associated road closures are planned through a partnership of all local authorities, emergency services and transport operators to minimise the inconveniences of the necessary road closures. Full details of all road closures and their timings will be published in due course once they have been finalised.

What is the Local Authority's involvement?

Essex County Council have been asked by Active Sport (the event organisers) to make a Traffic Order that in effect closes the roads to all traffic on event day. A series of road closures will then be implemented along the route during the day and lifted once the cyclists have passed by. The route is subject to on-going discussion and engagement with stakeholders as part of the Safety Advisory Group (SAG) process to ensure it is suitable and having due regard to the safety and convenience of alternative routes suitable for traffic that will be affected by the Order. Any access issues and the objections of those who may be affected must be considered by the local authorities – just like the many other temporary road closures that are requested every year by those organising community or other sporting events.

How can people get around the road closures?

The easiest way to navigate around the road closures will be to use Google maps or a live update GPS as the route and road closures will be updated live into these systems on the day of the event.

Whilst the cycling route will be closed to vehicles, pedestrian access via existing defined footpaths and pavements is maintained.

We strongly recommend where possible to plan any travel ahead. A fully interactive route map and travel advice will be available on our website in due course. For those affected we advise using local parking locations, your own driveway or alternative roads clear of the route.

We are here to help. If you are struggling to navigate the road closures, find a route or have any other queries, please contact us at .

Will road closures have an effect on the wider road network?

It is likely the road closures will have an impact on the wider road network, with increased levels of traffic expected on the roads surrounding the Vélo Essex Route. Drivers are advised to allow plenty of time for travel and where possible, avoid areas near the event route to limit disruption.

Can I still walk around the area and cross over the route on foot?

Yes, footpaths and pavements will not be affected, and pedestrians will be able to continue to use these as well as existing crossing points on the day of the event. In some sections of the route there is a lack of suitable footpaths and pedestrian access to the road will be facilitated for access purposes only. Please take extra care when navigating roads along the route and if you are unsure of the suitability of a crossing location ask an event steward for assistance.

How will parking be affected by the road closures?

To ensure the safety of participants, residents and spectators, there will be parking restrictions in place along the event route. We kindly ask if you could support us by moving your vehicle off the route the night before the event. We will be issuing parking notices through traffic enforcement notices 2 weeks before the event. There may be a risk that your vehicle will be moved to a nearby location if you do not comply with these notices. For those affected we advise using local parking locations, your driveways or alternative roads clear of the route.

How will the road closures affect local transport such as buses or trains?

Vélo Essex is working with all local transport providers to assist them in planning and to communicate any affected services on the day of the event. With road closures in place some local bus services may be affected. More information will be posted in due course once it has been finalised.

What are the impacts on local businesses and residents?

During the road closure period, residents and businesses will not have access to the closed roads until the closures have been removed. The Vélo Route Team will continue right up to event day to help businesses and residents who get in touch with any access challenges or concerns and help them plan for the event day. This includes suggesting alternative routes and providing additional resource to those individuals who need to cross or travel along the route in a motor vehicle whilst the road closures are in effect, such as care providers, farmers, equine centres, vets.

For local businesses, we advise looking at our Business Guide to help keep your business up to speed on how to prepare for the big day.

In order to provide advice, the team need to be contacted with specific information on the route needing to be taken. They can be contacted on From experience, solutions can be found for the vast majority of access issues raised.

In case of an emergency, the priority immediately becomes that of the emergency services. In order to ensure the safe and quick passage of any emergency vehicle, the stewards and event professionals attached to the event will manage the movement of the cyclists on the route accordingly. In addition to this, participants will be briefed in advance of the event on the protocol if they see of hear an emergency vehicle approaching and should always be alert.

How will local residents and businesses be informed about the road closures?

Vélo Essex recognises that widespread communication of the event and its associated road closures is crucial to the success of the day. Full details of the event will be published at the earliest possible date to ensure ample time for local residents and businesses to plan ahead. Communication methods of event information will include a leaflet drop, local media, the use of local community mediums and advanced warning signage, strategically placed across the event’s footprint.

Can I claim compensation for lost business revenue?

Unfortunately, we do not offer compensation as part of the event.

How will access for emergency services work?

All the emergency services are involved as part of the planning for Vélo Essex and will attend many core operational and safety meetings in the lead up to the event. They will all have a presence in the Event Control Room on the day of the event to ensure their response needs are maintained and unobstructed.

Access for emergency services will be unaffected throughout the road closures and will always be prioritised during the event. The public should follow normal protocol, calling 999 or 111 as appropriate in the case of an emergency.

Please note the event has its own medical provider to cover the needs of participants during the event.

How do you ensure the general safety of the event and of local people?

Safety is a primary focus of this event from both a participant and general public perspective and is at the forefront of decision making throughout the planning process. Subject to the scrutiny of ‘Safety Advisory Groups’, Vélo Essex engages with Local Authority representatives, Emergency Services and other key stakeholders on all safety planning aspects. Appropriate infrastructure, signage and stewarding will be employed across the route and road closures to mitigate risk to both participants and locals.


The event will be managed by over 1,000 staff on the day of the event. This includes event professionals, the emergency services, professional stewards, security, motorcycle marshals and volunteers.

What facilities will the event put in place for participants?

Vélo Essex will have both feed stations and water stations along the route, which will provide facilities to support the cyclists. These will include temporary toilets and waste management facilities to ensure that the event does not have an adverse impact on local communities and the environment. These feed and water stations often provide further opportunities for local businesses to benefit from the event. Full cleansing of these sites, their surroundings and the wider route will occur prior to and after the event to ensure that any litter is collected.

What are the benefits of Vélo Essex?

Profile: Vélo Essex provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase Essex County and its surrounding areas to visitors in the lead up to, during and after the event. In 2020 we expect around half of our 15,000 riders to come from outside of Essex, and therefore the region will be introduced to a whole new audience.

Economic: Based on previous experience, up to 50% of non-local riders will book local hotel accommodation the night before the event. In addition, each rider will on average have around 2 spectators accompanying them, all of whom will spend money in the region. Many riders also visit the region ahead of the event whilst training. We plan to further dial up the economic impact by promoting, via the Vélo Essex website and PR activity, businesses, hotels, restaurants and other attractions in the region.

Health & Wellbeing: In line with the objectives of our host local authority, Vélo Essex aims to inspire more people to cycle by encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Post-event rider surveys at Vélo events indicate that 62% of participants were inspired to cycle more regularly and 34% said they would replace short car journeys with their bike.

Community: Vélo Essex is anticipated to be a great spectacle and an opportunity for communities to support friends and family and engage with event activations in the local area.

Charity: We expect riders to raise over £1 million for local and national good causes, including our charity partners; Prostate Cancer UK, Active Essex Foundation and the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. This will make Vélo Essex one of the most successful charitable sporting events of 2020.


Examples of local support from previous events included a village that put on a bike festival, local pubs holding micro events with music and food, restaurants and shops offering event day discounts to riders, huge family engagement (food stands, cake sales in driveways etc.) and numerous opportunities for businesses to partake in the event directly, cross promote and also fundraise.

How can local communities, businesses and residents get involved with the event?

There are countless ways you can get involved with the event, enjoy a great day out and make the most of the celebratory atmosphere throughout the region!

Please get in touch if you would like some ideas on how to give your local community or business a boost or share your amazing idea with us and we’ll do all we can to help give it lift off!

Additionally, there will be opportunities for local residents to volunteer at the event, along the route and at the venue. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit our volunteer page or email