Cancer patient fears Olympics will deny treatment

10:06am Tuesday 15th May 2012

By Clare Buchanan

A cancer sufferer who feared missing life-saving treatment because of Olympic road closures has been promised she will get to hospital.

Hazel Cobbold and her husband Allen are among North Kingston residents who will be left landlocked by the road closures during the Olympic cycle races, which will pass through the borough.

Mrs Cobbold, 67, will need to cross the route in two places to travel to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton for chemotherapy each day but feared the road closures would stop her.

Her husband had said the situation seemed "crazy" when they thought they would have to wake up at 4am to avoid the closures and make it to hospital in time.

He said: "Its actual people. Their life is more important than a few cyclists getting gold medals."

Crowds will be able to watch British world road race champion Mark Cavendish compete among international athletes during the Olympic road race.

Transport for London (TfL) said they were working with Kingston Council and the emergency services to ensure essential access is maintained around the race routes.

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer, Surface Transport, said: "We are providing Mrs Cobbold with advice and a detailed plan of how she can make her essential journey on the days when the cycle road races take place.”

The men’s cycling road race takes place on Saturday, July 28, with the women’s race the following day.

The time trials then take place on Wednesday, August 1, along a different route, and there will be a rehearsal for the time trial on Tuesday, July 31.

Road closures will be in place from various times, starting from 5.30am and restrictions will be lifted "as soon as it is safe to do so after the event has passed".

Residents and spectators are urged to plan ahead to avoid disruption to their journeys and drivers are advised to avoid the road race areas on competition days.

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