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Experimental road closures during Wimbledon Championships 2021

Introduction

Wimbledon Tennis Championships have always been subject to parking restrictions and this year following discussions with the Police and AELTC, it has been agreed to introduce the following vehicular access restrictions too.

Restricted Roads Event hours Restricted periods Vehicles exempt
Church Road (between AELTC Gate 1 and Gate 5)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice and Emergency vehicles
Somerset Road (between Newstead Way and Marryat Road)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Church Road (between Bathgate Road and AELTC Gate 1)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Church Road (between Burghley Road and Somerset Road)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Church Road (between Somerset Road and AELTC Gate 5)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Somerset Road (between Burghley Road and Newstead Way – Cedar Court and Newstead Way included)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Somerset Road (between Church Road and Marryat Road)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Marryat Road (between Burghley Road and Somerset Road)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)
Bathgate Road (between Queensmere Road and Seymour Road)10:30am – 45 minutes after end of last match08:30am – 11:30pmPolice, Emergency, Residents Badge Holders, Delivery, Care Workers, specified Event vehicles (including taxis)

The measures are designed to manage event related traffic flows during tennis event days at the All England Lawn Tennis Club whilst providing areas where parking could legitimately take place without unduly impacting on access requirements for local residents, emergency services and visitors.

It is considered that the proposals will enhance and increase the safety of visitors and pedestrians in the area during tennis events and the All England Club by:

  • Reducing crowding and increasing the standoff distance on each side of the Grounds effectively away from the main gates at peak times.
  • Restricting vehicular access to these crowded areas during the Championships.
  • Creating a safer environment which mitigates threats within crowded spaces and is in support of prevailing guidance such as the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) "Crowded Places Guidance".
  • Increasing space available for people arriving or departing to adhere to guidance in relation to Covid19. This includes introducing new controls and restrictions on vehicular access on Church Road and Somerset Road.
  • Diverting unnecessary through traffic from the area during the Championships.

Consultation

The proposals are being introduced under an Experimental Traffic management Order which allows us to monitor the impact and effectiveness of the scheme. The feedback gathered during the experiment will influence whether the scheme is repeated in future years. The scheme is not without precedent as Church Rd was also closed for the same reasons during the 2012 Olympics.

Site notices for the Order have been published. Newsletters have been issued to residents and information on diversion routes are posted below.

The consultation is not yet live. You will be able to submit your representations using the link below from 28 June 2021 when the Experimental Traffic Order comes into effect. Please note that no response will be made until a final Cabinet Member decision is made.

Have your say
This survey will be available from 28 June 2021

Residents permits

Residents adjacent to the AELTC should have already been issued permits by the AELTC.

These are different from the temporary parking permits which are explained on the Wimbledon Tennis Championships parking restrictions page.

If you have not yet received a permit, or you need permits for any last minute or unexpected guests, please email the name and vehicle registration details to ntm@aeltc.com and AELTC will facilitate their access through the checkpoints.

Bus diversions (route 493)

Information about the diversion will be entered onto TfL systems so that announcements are made on-bus to warn passengers ahead of the diversion point giving them time to alight before. Information will be entered onto the TfL Journey planner so that any closed stops will not appear as travel results. This should also feed information to the many third party smartphone apps that are in use, although this cannot be guaranteed as it is dependent on the technology that the developers have used.

Printed publicity has also been posted at affected bus stops directing passengers to their nearest alternative stop and the buses section of the TfL website. During the event the TfL website will include information about the diversion.

Due to the efforts that have been made by AELTC, Go-Ahead and TfL to facilitate the shortest diversion for buses. The impact of the Church Road closure on bus services has been reduced significantly compared to what it could have been. Due to the shorter diversion route via Bathgate Rd & Queensmere Rd, only the Somerset Road and AELTC stops are missed by the bus. Other than the alternative routing most passengers will notice very little difference to their journeys.

AELTC 2021 Championships Bus 493 Diversion Route Plan