TOUR DE YORKSHIRE – ROUTE ANNOUNCED – SATURDAY 30TH APRIL

I have received the following information:

“Dear Councillor

I am writing to let you know that the official announcement by Welcome to Yorkshire about the actual routes of the 2016 Tour De Yorkshire will be made, Wednesday 9th December, at 11am in Otley. 

Stage 2 of this year’s men’s race, and also the single-stage women’s race, will start in Otley on Saturday 30th April.   The route will see the races set off from Boroughgate in Otley (exact location and details tbc) via A659 towards Pool before heading out of Leeds via Arthington, Harewood, East Keswick, Bardsey, Thorner, Scholes, Barwick  and Aberford. Both races will then leave the Leeds boundary and finish the day in Doncaster.  Maps showing the exact route will be published on the Welcome to Yorkshire website tomorrow.

Exact timings are yet to be confirmed, but we expect the women’s race to depart Otley in the morning and the  men’s race in the afternoon. Timings will be confirmed in January (we are waiting for decisions from broadcasters on this).

In addition, Stage 1 of the race on Friday 29th April will pass through Leeds in the afternoon on its journey between Beverley and Settle, taking in Boston Spa, Thorp Arch and Wetherby.

A small publicity caravan of between 10 – 20 sponsor vehicles is also being planned for the 2016 event. Setting off about 2 hours before the start of the men’s race, the caravan will travel under normal road conditions before stopping at pre-determined points along for the route for visitor engagement activities.

The race will once again be covered on terrestrial UK TV as well as international channels, with full details yet to be announced.  This year there is no mass participation ‘Sportive’ event in Leeds (it is taking place the next day from Scarborough)

Road Closures and Traffic Management

As per the inaugural event in 2015, road closures on the whole will be managed by the Police on a rolling road closure basis.  This should mean a maximum closure period of 45-60 minutes as the race passes by, apart from the start and at a small number of key spectator points which have yet to be confirmed. Only minimal disruption to some public transport operations is expected whilst the race passes.

Resident / Business Communications

We will be writing to residents and businesses along the route in January with further details of how they may be affected, when we know approximate timings for the passage of the races. Due to the nature of the rolling road closure only minimal disruption is anticipated including impacts on Adult Social Care and Health Services. There will also be no impact on day to day waste collection.  

We will also be working closely with Welcome to Yorkshire on a number of local business roadshows which are being planned for early in the New Year including opportunities for volunteers to get involved and wider community engagement.”