THERE is heavy traffic in the city centre due to the London to Brighton bike ride.

Delays are stretching along the southbound side of the A270 Grand Parade by the Level in Brighton.

The London to Brighton bike ride is the first in two years due to the pandemic.

Roads were intermittently closed in Merstham, Smallfield, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Ditchling and Brighton.

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Traffic is being let out slowly by the roundabout at Madeira Drive, where the bicycle ride ends. Queues are around 20 minutes at the moment.

Around 15,000 riders have taken part in this year’s event, organised by the British Heart Foundation, with other charities also invited to have fundraisers at the event.

The London to Brighton Bike Ride is Europe’s oldest charity bike ride, taking place every summer since 1975 after being organised by street performer Robert Stredder and his partner as a bike version of the London to Brighton car rally.