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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Plan ahead, cycling spectacle organisers urge residents and visitors

As the county gears up for the second Tour de Yorkshire, folks are being urged to plan head.

With the countdown under way and race timings confirmed, the county council is working with transport partners, schools, businesses and district councils on road closures for the cycling spectacle.

There will be rolling road closures during and immediately after the race has passed and these are expected to last for around an hour. Some areas, including the finish locations in Settle and Scarborough, along some of the climbs and some of the busier locations, will require longer road closures to ensure the safety of the race and the spectators.  The impact in terms of road closures and parking restrictions will be kept to a minimum.

PARKING RESTRICTIONS
There will also be parking restrictions in place along the race route - further details will be made available nearer the race weekend.

Full details of the roads affected can be found at www.northyorks.gov.uk/tour. Details of other services affected by the tour will also be added to the council website as they become available, including advice on transport, including any schools affected.

County council leader councillor Carl Les said: “This is a fantastic event which builds on last year’s Tour de Yorkshire, with the race visiting large parts of North Yorkshire and once again the benefits to the county will be enormous, both in the immediate term and the longer term.

“We want to make sure that everything is in place to make it a huge success and ensures the race passes off smoothly for everyone – for the competitors, for the spectators, and for all other residents and highways users.

 “We are doing all we can to make sure that it is successful – and that as far as possible, disruption for everyone who needs to use our roads over the weekend of the 29 April – 1 May, is kept to a minimum.”

The three stages of the race are being held from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016:
  • Stage 1 – Friday 29 April.  Departing from Beverley and finishing in Settle
  • Stage 2 – Saturday 30 April. Starting in Otley and finishing in Doncaster
  • Stage 3 – Sunday 1 May. Starting in Middlesbrough and finishing in Scarborough
The tour passes near many towns and villages so the advice from the county council is to plan ahead and choose where to watch. Full details of the routes and timings of all three stages can be found at www.letour.yorkshire.com

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