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Patchwork and pothole filling should suffice

The prospect of Mark Cavendish, Emma Pooley or any other world class rider coming a cropper thanks to a pothole during the London 2012 road races doesn’t bear thinking about.

But think about it LOCOG and the UCI must and based on their assessment, Surrey County Council will not be required to resurface the roads on their section of the road race course. The council has confirmed that "patchwork and pothole filling" will be sufficient to ensure the roads meet the required standard reports the Surrey Mirror.

At a meeting in Box Hill village hall, the council's David Stempfer told around 200 local residents: "The whole route has been assessed by LOCOG, and the International Cycling Union and they confirmed that none of the roads on the route need resurfacing.

"In terms of the roads around here, they are C or D class and get inspected once a year, but there will be patchwork and pothole filling. We won't be looking at full-scale works, but having said that we have another winter to come."

The issue of congestion around the village on race days was also raised at the meeting but LOCOG's community relations manager, Neil Walker, suggested that this would be a relatively minor price to pay given the unique opportunity the community will have to be the setting for a global sporting spectacle.

He said: "For many people having the Olympic and Paralympic Games in their home county is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"It's important we listen to the things you are worried about, so when we are planning we can put in solutions to your problems."

The men’s race will take in nine laps of Box Hill and the women’s two laps when they take place on July 28 and 29 next year, respectively.