Tour de France road closures announced

Road closures across North Yorkshire for the Tour de France have been confirmed

Road closures across North Yorkshire for the Tour de France have been confirmed

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ROADS in North Yorkshire which will be closed when the Tour de France comes to the region this summer have been confirmed.

The closure programme has been drawn up by North Yorkshire County Council for July 5 and 6, when Yorkshire will host the opening stages of Le Grand Depart, the curtain-raiser for the world-famous cycle race.

Exact timings will be decided by factors such as race and arrival times and crowd levels, with the council saying the list will give residents an idea of which roads in the Hambleton, Harrogate, Richmondshire and Craven districts will be affected. The authority's leader, Coun John Weighell, said: "It's important to remember just how massive this event is going to be.

"We are told that possibly a million people will be converging on North Yorkshire from all over the world. It's estimated that in North and West Yorkshire, for stage one of the Grand Depart from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, up to 900,000 spectators will be wanting to watch the action - enough people to fill Wembley Stadium ten times over - and it's been estimated that 650,000 of these spectators will be in North Yorkshire."

Coun Weighell said the crowd is expected to top one million for the second stage on Sunday, July 6, starting in York and heading to Knaresborough, Starbeck, Harrogate and Sheffield, saying: "This is a huge logistical challenge and it will not be confined to the weekend.

"We anticipate the build-up, and some disruption on the roads, will occur throughout the preceding week."

Although the minimum closure period is eight hours, roads affected are expected to be closed for most of the Grand Depart weekend. There will also be closures and traffic measures on other roads leading to the race route, with more information on these being released in spring.

 

North Yorkshire's Tour de France road closure programme

 

Saturday, July 5:

Hambleton: A6108 Binsoe to West Tanfield.

Harrogate: A6108 Jervaulx to Binsoe; A6108 West Tanfield to Ripon bypass; A61 Ripon bypass to A59/A61 New Park roundabout; A61 Ripon Road and Parliament Street, Harrogate; most of Harrogate town centre.

Richmondshire: B6160 from Kidstones to A684 junction near West Burton; A684 from B6160 to Hawes; C32 from Hawes to Thwaite (Buttertubs); B6270 from Thwaite to Grinton; C106 from Grinton to Leyburn; A6108 from Moor Lane, Leyburn to Wensley Road, Leyburn (west of Leyburn Market Place); A684 from the roundabout next to the Bolton Arms to A6108 Middleham Road (Leyburn); A6108 from Leyburn to Jervaulx.

Craven: A65 from the county boundary to the A6069 Otley Road junction; A6069 from the A65 to Skipton High Street; A6131 Skipton High Street; B6265 from Skipton High Street to Threshfield; B6160 from Threshfield to Kidstones.

 

Sunday, July 6

Harrogate: A59 Moor Monkton to A658/A59 roundabout (Harrogate bypass); A59/A658 roundabout to A59/ A661 roundabout (Empress roundabout); A59 Empress roundabout to Blubberhouses Moor.

Craven: A59 Blubberhouses Moor to Bolton Abbey roundabout; B6160 Bolton Abbey to county boundary.

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12:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Oyy you says...

That's all we need a load of Lycra glad lunatics blocking all the roads up......
That's all we need a load of Lycra glad lunatics blocking all the roads up...... Oyy you
  • Score: -57

12:14pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Stroppiness says...

Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users?
Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users? Stroppiness
  • Score: -14

12:19pm Tue 21 Jan 14

yorkshirelad says...

And how often is anyone affected by a closed-roads bike race? Compared to how often they are affected by crashes, road works, other events, slow vehicles and er...heavy traffic.

I am affected by these every single week in this area. Is it really logical to get worked up about a once-in-a-lifetime internationally famous bike race coming to Yorkshire?

Getting more worked up about a very occasional bike race rather than the daily mayhem we put up with for other reasons shows one thing only - prejudice.
And how often is anyone affected by a closed-roads bike race? Compared to how often they are affected by crashes, road works, other events, slow vehicles and er...heavy traffic. I am affected by these every single week in this area. Is it really logical to get worked up about a once-in-a-lifetime internationally famous bike race coming to Yorkshire? Getting more worked up about a very occasional bike race rather than the daily mayhem we put up with for other reasons shows one thing only - prejudice. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 25

12:32pm Tue 21 Jan 14

metsaagain says...

Stroppiness wrote:
Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users?
its because this the road closures for North Yorkshire- made by North Yorkshire County Council. Ciy of York Council wil presumably announce the dates for their roads at a later date....probably July 4th 2014
[quote][p][bold]Stroppiness[/bold] wrote: Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users?[/p][/quote]its because this the road closures for North Yorkshire- made by North Yorkshire County Council. Ciy of York Council wil presumably announce the dates for their roads at a later date....probably July 4th 2014 metsaagain
  • Score: 21

12:38pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Stroppiness says...

metsaagain wrote:
Stroppiness wrote: Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users?
its because this the road closures for North Yorkshire- made by North Yorkshire County Council. Ciy of York Council wil presumably announce the dates for their roads at a later date....probably July 4th 2014
Silly me!!! I thought that given the headline "Tour de France road closures announced" and the fact that it's only here for what 2 or 3 days or so, there may have been some joined up thinking and all the road closures would have been announced. I don't, however, disagree with your posting that CofYC won't get their fingers out of their proverbial until the last minute.

Amazing that a whole county can organise and announce their road closures and yet one city can't. Says it all really about CofYC and i'm ashamed to say i voted for this shower - never again!
[quote][p][bold]metsaagain[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stroppiness[/bold] wrote: Maybe I am being very thick, and I must confess I have zero knowledge or interest in the Tour, but where is the list of road closures for York, given the headline? If it departs from York on the Sunday, presumably the creme de la creme of the cycling world won't be subjected to us nasty polluting car drivers and road users?[/p][/quote]its because this the road closures for North Yorkshire- made by North Yorkshire County Council. Ciy of York Council wil presumably announce the dates for their roads at a later date....probably July 4th 2014[/p][/quote]Silly me!!! I thought that given the headline "Tour de France road closures announced" and the fact that it's only here for what 2 or 3 days or so, there may have been some joined up thinking and all the road closures would have been announced. I don't, however, disagree with your posting that CofYC won't get their fingers out of their proverbial until the last minute. Amazing that a whole county can organise and announce their road closures and yet one city can't. Says it all really about CofYC and i'm ashamed to say i voted for this shower - never again! Stroppiness
  • Score: -23

1:42pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

A tasty bit of Bison Futé never did anyone any harm...
A tasty bit of Bison Futé never did anyone any harm... Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: -1

7:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

spiritofyork says...

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them.

We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain...

not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them. We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain... not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes. spiritofyork
  • Score: -28

9:07pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Oyy you says...

spiritofyork wrote:
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them.

We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain...

not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.
Hear hear.....
[quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them. We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain... not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.[/p][/quote]Hear hear..... Oyy you
  • Score: -46

10:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

DEKKA says...

spiritofyork wrote:
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them.

We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain...

not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.
So you speak for the population of York?
"Only in Britain" and every other country that has hosted the Grande Depart.
Can the final sentence be translated into English please?
[quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them. We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain... not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.[/p][/quote]So you speak for the population of York? "Only in Britain" and every other country that has hosted the Grande Depart. Can the final sentence be translated into English please? DEKKA
  • Score: 19

11:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

What's Up, Doc? says...

spiritofyork wrote:
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them.

We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain...

not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.
What a blinkered view! Have you considered the fact York is gridlocked and you have no choice but to be slow? That's not through any fault of cyclists but lazy motorists who cannot be bothered to do a little exercise.
[quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them. We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain... not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.[/p][/quote]What a blinkered view! Have you considered the fact York is gridlocked and you have no choice but to be slow? That's not through any fault of cyclists but lazy motorists who cannot be bothered to do a little exercise. What's Up, Doc?
  • Score: 41

3:31am Wed 22 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
And how often is anyone affected by a closed-roads bike race? Compared to how often they are affected by crashes, road works, other events, slow vehicles and er...heavy traffic.

I am affected by these every single week in this area. Is it really logical to get worked up about a once-in-a-lifetime internationally famous bike race coming to Yorkshire?

Getting more worked up about a very occasional bike race rather than the daily mayhem we put up with for other reasons shows one thing only - prejudice.
THANK YOU!
Finally, somebody with their head screwed on properly.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: And how often is anyone affected by a closed-roads bike race? Compared to how often they are affected by crashes, road works, other events, slow vehicles and er...heavy traffic. I am affected by these every single week in this area. Is it really logical to get worked up about a once-in-a-lifetime internationally famous bike race coming to Yorkshire? Getting more worked up about a very occasional bike race rather than the daily mayhem we put up with for other reasons shows one thing only - prejudice.[/p][/quote]THANK YOU! Finally, somebody with their head screwed on properly. Magicman!
  • Score: 42

3:40am Wed 22 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

What's Up, Doc? wrote:
spiritofyork wrote:
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them.

We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain...

not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.
What a blinkered view! Have you considered the fact York is gridlocked and you have no choice but to be slow? That's not through any fault of cyclists but lazy motorists who cannot be bothered to do a little exercise.
He probably looks like one of those Americans you see on the space ship in the film Wall-E... the big fat people wraped up in their own little world and who have to sit on a floating chair because they're so diabolically lazy they can't walk.
[quote][p][bold]What's Up, Doc?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spiritofyork[/bold] wrote: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!. the people of york don't want this. There are enough cyclists slowing us all down without closing b****y roads for them. We fought to stop the europeans comeing here and dictating to us, and now the french tell us that our roads are being closed. only in britain... not good enough COYC. there are the vast majority of people in this city that want nothing to do with bikes.[/p][/quote]What a blinkered view! Have you considered the fact York is gridlocked and you have no choice but to be slow? That's not through any fault of cyclists but lazy motorists who cannot be bothered to do a little exercise.[/p][/quote]He probably looks like one of those Americans you see on the space ship in the film Wall-E... the big fat people wraped up in their own little world and who have to sit on a floating chair because they're so diabolically lazy they can't walk. Magicman!
  • Score: 38

7:20am Wed 22 Jan 14

mortandindi says...

Good God, what a load of sad people, we have enough **** pushbikes on the roads all the time. Watching men in girlie coloured lyrca peddling around is beyond a joke. Best stay in bed.
Good God, what a load of sad people, we have enough **** pushbikes on the roads all the time. Watching men in girlie coloured lyrca peddling around is beyond a joke. Best stay in bed. mortandindi
  • Score: -2

8:06am Wed 22 Jan 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

There is a huge difference between world class sport cycling and JoeBloggs on a bike.
There is a huge difference between world class sport cycling and JoeBloggs on a bike. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 3

1:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

blottie says...

I am not remotely interested in the Tour-de-France but thousands are.It is in my diary to avoid York that weekend and I hope everyone enjoys it
I am not remotely interested in the Tour-de-France but thousands are.It is in my diary to avoid York that weekend and I hope everyone enjoys it blottie
  • Score: 1

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