Monday, 8 June 2015

Residents landlocked by Rugby World Cup 2015 to pass so they can access their homes

Residents and businesses around Twickenham Stadium can now use online interactive maps to see if they will be eligible for a vehicle access pass during Rugby World Cup2015. 

 

To allow managed access to Twickenham Stadium for the local community and spectators during Rugby World Cup 2015, Richmond Council and Transport for London (TfL) have agreed in principle to a request to temporarily close a section of the A316.  Subject to a final agreement, a section of the road close to the stadium will be closed on the 10 Rugby World Cup 2015 match days and the two England matches in August and September. 

 

The temporary closure will allow Tournament Organisers to operate additional shuttle bus services for fans and to service the Park and Ride facility at Kempton Park.  The closure also permits people walking to and from Twickenham to cross the A316 in larger numbers more easily.

 

To enable residents and businesses in ‘landlocked’ areas to access their properties during the closure times, the Council and England Rugby 2015will be issuing ‘Vehicle Access Passes’. These will allow local residents to pass through the road closures at specific points.  The roads will be closed from 3 hours prior to kick off, during the match and until 2 hours after.

 

Residents in the landlocked area are encouraged to check online now that they are eligible for a pass before these are distributed in time for the England v France on 15 August. Each property will be sent one pass automatically. If eligible households or businesses require more than one pass, they can request additional passes online. The passes are not transferable and are not a parking permit.

 

Cllr Stephen Speak, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transport, said:

 

“The police, the Council, TfL and South West Trains have been working closely together behind the scenes for a long time to make Rugby World Cup 2015 a success. We want visitors to our Borough from around the world to have an enjoyable time. But we recognise that the Tournament will have an impact on our local roads and public transport.

 

“Temporary closure of the A316 is a major step. The Council has only allowed it to come forward following extensive modelling work by the organisers.  TfL have worked on the options for traffic reduction and have given their assurances that diversion plans for the usual through traffic volumes will be met. The closure plans will be trialled for the two matches in August and modified as necessary.

 

“We know that the closure will affect a number of residents and businesses in the Stadium area but, with a Vehicle Access Pass, access can be maintained.  Emergency "blue light" access will always be allowed, but any carers needing scheduled access during the closure periods should get in touch with the Council now.”

 

Managing Director of England Rugby 2015, Stephen Brown, said:

 

“With Rugby World Cup 2015 now just 4 months away, I would encourage local residents and businesses to start planning their Tournament. With fans coming from all around the world, we will be implementing a new transport plan on match days, which includes managed access to part of the A316, park and ride schemes and additional bus survives, to cater for their travel requirements. Residents and businesses will have a managed access scheme for anyone impacted by the changes to the A316, so it’s important that they find out if they will need a Vehicle Access Pass.”

 

To check if you are eligible for an Access Pass, go to 

www.richmond.gov.uk/rwc2015_twickenham_resident_access  

 

Residents eligible for an Access Pass are reminded that they will still need to display an ‘R Zone’  parking permit.

 

A series of Community Briefings regarding Rugby World Cup 2015 are being held in June / July. To see the dates, go to: www.richmond.gov.uk/rwc2015_community_impact