The Tour de France will close public roads across North Yorkshire on the weekend of July 5 and 6.
On Saturday, July 5, roads including the A61 Ripon bypass to New Park Roundabout and Parliament Street in Harrogate will be closed to traffic for at least eight hours.
On Sunday, The Harrogate bypass from Moor Monkton to the A658/A59 roundabout and then on to the Empress roundabout and, eventually, Blubberhouses, will be shut officially for a minimum of eight hours.
However, officials expect roads on July 6 will be closed most of the day. Precise timings have not yet been given, as they will be dictated by factors such as race timings, the numbers of spectators and their arrival times.
Bedale Coun John Weighell (Con) is the leader of North Yorkshire County Council.
He said: “It is important to remember just how massive this event is going to be,
“We are told that possibly one million people will be converging on North Yorkshire from all over the world to watch this incredible, free sporting event.
“It’s estimated that in North Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, for Stage One of the Grand Départ from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday July 5, up to 900,000 spectators will be wanting to watch the action.
“That’s enough people to fill Wembley Stadium ten times over – and it’s been estimated that 650,000 of those spectators will be here in North Yorkshire.
“On Sunday July 6, for Stage Two between York, Knaresborough, Starbeck, Harrogate and Sheffield, the estimate is that there will be more than a million spectators – although the bulk of them are expected to be in West and South Yorkshire.
“This is a huge logistical challenge. It will not be confined to the two days of the weekend. We anticipate that the build-up – and some disruption on the roads – will occur throughout the preceeding week.”
North Yorkshire County Council is working with emergency services to ensure that emergency access is maintained to communities along the route of the race.
More in this week’s Harrogate Advertiser, Knaresborough Post, Nidderdale Herald, Ripon Gazette and Wetherby News. get your copy from Thursday, January 23.
Road closures in full
- Stage 1, Saturday July 5 2014
A County Council statement read: “The roads listed below will be closed for a minimum period of eight hours to allow preparation of the race route, the handover to the Tour de France organisers, access for the publicity caravan (which comprises more than 150 sponsors’ vehicles), the race itself, the removal of race infrastructure, and the safe dispersal of spectators.
“Given the anticipated number of visitors to North Yorkshire, it is likely that the roads will be closed for most of the Saturday.
“Wherever feasible, access will be maintained on key routes that cross the closed roads for as long as possible before the race.”
A6108 Jervaulx to Binsoe
A6108 West Tanfield to Ripon Bypass
A61 Ripon Bypass to A59/A61 New Park roundabout
A61 Ripon Road Harrogate
A61 Parliament Street Harrogate
Most of Harrogate town centre
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
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
A6108 Binsoe to West Tanfield
- Stage 2, Sunday July 6 2014
The statement read: “To facilitate stage 2 of the Tour de France 2014 the roads listed below must be closed for a minimum period of 8 hours on the Sunday.
“However, given the anticipated number of visitors to North Yorkshire, it is likely that the roads will be closed for most of the Sunday. Wherever feasible, access will be maintained on key routes that cross the closed roads for as long as possible before the race.”
A59 Moor Monkton to A658 / A59 roundabout (Harrogate Bypass)
A59 A658 roundabout to A59/ A661 roundabout (Empress Roundabout)
A59 Empress Roundabout to Blubberhouses Moor
A59 Blubberhouses Moor to Bolton Abbey roundabout
B6160 Bolton Abbey to county boundary