2015 TOUR DE YORKSHIRE – SUNDAY MAY 3rd 2015: RACE & ROAD CLOSURE INFORMATION

I have received the information below from the Director of City Development:

“As you may be aware the Mayday bank holiday weekend has been confirmed as the date for the first Tour de Yorkshire, a world class cycle race which will finish in Leeds on Sunday 3rd May.

Organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and Amaury Sports Organisation with support from British Cycling and local authorities, the race is part of the legacy of bringing the Tour de France to the region last summer.

I am writing to you now as you are either a resident or business living/located in close proximity to the Tour de Yorkshire route and to provide you with details of how the race may affect you. The Tour de Yorkshire is not on the same scale as the Tour de France but it is nevertheless important to prepare in advance.

The 3rd and final stage of the race starts at 12.15pm in Wakefield and is estimated to finish at Roundhay Park between 4.30pm and 5pm. The race will enter Leeds via Menston and travel the roads listed below, all of which will be temporarily closed to all traffic on a rolling road closure basis under Police escort for up to 1 hour between 3pm and 5.

Unlike the Tour de France, there will be no publicity caravan preceding the riders so any periods of disruption will be kept to a minimum. The detailed route is as follows:
 
Bingley Road, Menston – Buckle Lane – West Chevin Road, Otley – Birdcage Walk*  – East Chevin Road* – Bramhope Old Lane – A658 Pool Bank New Road – A659 Arthington Lane – Black Hill Road* – Arthington Road* – King Lane – Alwoodley Lane – Wigton Lane – Wike Ridge Lane – Rounday Park Lane – A6120 Ring Road (Shadwell) – A58 Wetherby Road – Wetherby Road – Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park

To help safely facilitate the race for both riders and spectators, some longer-term road closures are required at key stages of the race:

• Birdcage Walk (road closed 13:30hrs to 17:00hrs)
• East Chevin Road (road closed 13:30hrs to 17:00hrs) – ‘King of the Mountain’ stage
• Black Hill Road (road closed 13:30hrs to 17:00hrs) – ‘Arthington Sprint’ stage
• Arthington Road (road closed 13:30hrs to 17:00hrs)
• Princes Avenue, Roundhay Park (road closed 00:00hrs to 23:59hrs)

The race route does need to be clear of ALL vehicles so any on-street parking along parts of the route (and some access roads to key points of interest) will be formally suspended on race day.  Specific signing will be undertaken nearer the time to further inform residents and spectators of the restrictions & requirements.

Routes for emergency vehicles will be kept open at all times and emergency services, health and social care, community meals and other agencies are working together to ensure that the impact on normal services is minimal. Should you have any concerns in this regard please contact your health or social care provider directly or contact the Adult Social Care team at: ASC-TDY@leeds.gov.uk or (0113) 2478413.

There is also likely to be some disruption to public transport services on the day and details of bus service interruptions and / or temporary diversions will be available at www.wymetro.com  or (0113) 2457676 in due course.

Spectators will be able to watch the race from the roadside all along the route as it passes by. There will also be a Big Screen showing the race, together with a large family picnic area adjacent to the finish line at Roundhay Park. Spectator car parking will be provided at Roundhay Park and for the ‘King of the Mountains’ stage at Station Top off East Chevin Road. To alleviate traffic congestion in these areas, anyone wishing to use the car parks are encouraged to arrive in good time and wherever possible, to car share or find alternative ways to get there. Temporary cycle racks will also be provided at the finish area.

On the morning of the final stage of the race, Welcome to Yorkshire are also organising a mass participation ride for up to 5,000 amateur cyclists which will start and finish at Roundhay Park and take in other parts of the route. This event operates under normal road conditions with no closure or additional traffic arrangements required.

I do hope you will find this information useful. We would encourage anyone who lives on or close by to the route or who may be affected to plan your daily routine and / or prepare your journeys well in advance. The race timings (which can change depending upon race conditions) are attached for your further reference. For race, maps and general event information please visit the official event website at www.letouryorkshire.com