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Plans gearing up for Tour de Yorkshire the Bradford district

Stage Three of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 starts in Bradford city centre and will be passing through large parts of the Bradford district on Sunday 30 April 2017.

The race is due to start in City Park in the city centre at around 12.10pm and will travel through large parts of the district including Manningham, Frizinghall, Saltaire, Shipley, Lower Baildon Menston, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Ilkley, Addingham, Silsden, Riddlesden, Keighley, Cross Roads, Haworth, Oxenhope, Denholme, Mountain and Queensbury. It is expected to clear the district by around 2.45pm.

Prior to the race there will be ‘the caravan’. This is a publicity parade which travels ahead of the riders on the race route. The caravan is expected to leave City Park at around 10.10am.

So that the organisers of the event can put the infrastructure in place for the start of the race in the city centre a series of road closures will be in place from 5am on Sunday 30 April 2017.

The following roads in the city centre will be closed:

– Sunbridge Road (Godwin Street to Aldermanbury)

– Bridge Street (Between Hall Ings and Aldermanbury)

– Tyrell Street

– Hustlergate

– Market Street

– Bank Street

– Broadway

– Hall Ings (Jacobs Well to Drake Street)

All traffic to the Broadway Shopping Centre will be routed via Croft Street, Shipley Airedale Road and Leeds Road.

Jacobs Well Car Park will be closed for public use from 11pm on Saturday 29 April to allow for parking for media and race team vehicles.

Out of the city centre the race convoy will move through the rest of the district in a mobile road closure “bubble” using a Police outrider escort.

The outriders may close roads for around 20 to 30 minutes at a time as the race progresses, this is dependent on the speed of the cyclists taking part in the race.

In certain locations, both along the race route and off it, longer road closures will be needed to ensure the safety of the competitors and members of the public.

The following roads in the district will be closed:

-Skipton Road in Silsden will be closed at the junction of Woodside Road from 11am to 3pm

– Holden Lane/Silsden Road in Riddlesden will be closed between Hawber Lane and Banks Lane from 10am to 3pm

– The full length of Banks Lane/Granby Lane in Riddlesden will be closed from 10.30am to 3pm

– The full length of Main Street/West Street/Changegate in Haworth will be closed from 11am to 3pm

– The B6141 Station Road/Denholme Road/Long Causeway in Oxenhope/Leeming will be closed along its full length from 11am to 3pm

These times are indicative and may change on the day due to conditions and the needs of the race.

Due to these road closures delays are to be expected on the day of the race and people are advised to plan their journeys well in advance.

On sections of certain roads on the race route where the speed limit is above 40mph, the speed limit will be temporarily lowered to 20mph for the duration of the race event. This is to protect the competitors and vehicles at the back of the race convoy. Drivers are reminded that if they are approaching the rear of the race they should not attempt to overtake the escort vehicles under any circumstances, this is for their own safety and the safety of competitors and spectators.

The Council has written to residents and businesses in the city centre and along the race route to inform them of road closures and parking restrictions, as well as contacting taxi operators and liaising with bus companies so that they can also make plans for the day. Signs have gone up across the district to remind people of the delays that they may experience on race day.

Bus services in Bradford city centre will be diverted from 5am to at least 2pm. As roads outside the city centre will be closed via a rolling road closure there may be delays to bus services. More information about disruption to bus services is available on www.wymetro.com.

Taxi ranks on Norfolk Gardens, Bank Street, Broadway and Sunbridge Road in the city centre will also be suspended on the morning of the race.

It is anticipated that normal city centre operations will resume early afternoon – however this cannot be guaranteed and may change on the day.

Residents and visitors to the area are asked to park their vehicles off the main race route on the day of the race, so that the riders can safely pass by. It also means that spectators get a better view. Residents have also been reminded that vehicles may be subject to searches by the security services and may be removed if necessary.

Phil Barker, Assistant Director for Sport and Culture, said: “So that the race can pass safely through the district and everyone has a great day watching this spectacular event in safety, we are asking people to plan ahead and have patience on the day.

“If you are planning to watch the race think about where you will watch from, how you will get there, where you may be able to park once you are there and how you will get home again.

“If you’ve got other plans for when the race comes through, have a look at the race route and the timings and plan your journey in advance.

“Your patience and co-operation on the day is really appreciated and once the race has passed through we will get things back to normal as soon as we can.”

For information about the route of the Tour de Yorkshire in the Bradford district and the times that the race will pass through please visit http://letour.yorkshire.com/


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