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UCI World Championships: Getting Around Harrogate

UCI World Championships: Getting Around Harrogate

Published at 12:36pm 30th August 2019. (Updated at 8:25am 18th September 2019)

Harrogate is set to host the World Championships of Road Cycling, but how with the UCIs affect you getting around?

  • A series of road closures and parking restrictions will be in place
  • There will be additional car parking facilities
  • Extra train and bus services will run

Shortcuts:

What parking restrictions will there be in Harrogate for Yorkshire 2019?
Where can I park in Harrogate during Yorkshire 2019?
Can I get the train through Harrogate during Yorkshire 2019?
How will buses in Harrogate be affected during Yorkshire 2019?
Can I get around Harrogate by bike during Yorkshire 2019?

How will Yorkshire 2019 affect roads in Harrogate?

As with any event of this size there are going to be a number of road closures and changes to usual circumstances.

Over the nine days organisers expect over one million people to visit Harrogate as part of the event. So there'll be additional traffic, but a number of efforts have been made to help.

You can find the specific road closures for each day of the UCI Road World Championships on our individual day-by-day guides

The finish line area, on West Park and Montpellier Hill will be closed from Wednesday 18th September until Tuesday 1st October.

Apart from that, roads will open and close around events, but there will be some specific changes including managed access to West Park via Tower Street and some changes to one way systems around Tower Street, Albert Street and Raglan Street.

Access to Parliament Street, when it is open, will be via Albert Street following the one way system, to avoid the closure on West Park.

When open, Otley Road, Skipton Road, Ripon Road and particularly Wetherby Road, are expected to be busier than usual and the advice is to try and walk where possible, or change your travel times to avoid peak times around the events.

The busiest days are expected to be towards the end of the week and second weekends as the Elite events take place, with estimates expecting over 250,000 people at the event on the Sunday.

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The biggest cycling event in Harrogate since the Tour de France in 2014

What parking restrictions will there be in Harrogate for Yorkshire 2019?

There will be changes to usual parking options during the event. 

The Jubilee and West Park Car Parks will be closed from Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th September, and some of the other car parks may be in use by event staff.

Some Disc Parking around the race routes, particularly on the Western side of town (Valley Gardens area etc) will be turned into resident only parking during the event.

If you are a resident permit holder you will be able to park in adjacent resident zones throughout the event.

Don't park on any race routes - your car may well be towed at your expense.

Where can I park in Harrogate during Yorkshire 2019?

The organisers are putting on a "Park and Stride" car park which at the Great Yorkshire Showground. This is a 20 minute walk from the town centre and should be booked in advance via Yorkshire 2019

There will be free shuttle buses for those with additional needs, and a small number of shuttle busses priced at £2 return if you don't fancy the walk.

We highly recommend walking or cycling where possible!

UCI YORKSHIRE 2019 PARKING MAP

Can I get the train through Harrogate during Yorkshire 2019?

YES! There will be an enhanced service through Harrogate to both Leeds and York, with four trains an hour in each direction during peak times. There'll even be some slightly later trains to York!

First and Last Trains

Monday to Saturday 

First train Leeds to Harrogate: 06.05
First train Harrogate to Leeds: 06.03
Last trains Harrogate to Leeds: 22.43 and 23.16
First train York to Harrogate: 06.49
Last trains Harrogate to York: 22.04

Sunday

First train Leeds to Harrogate: 09.02
First train Harrogate to Leeds: 09.22 and 09.41
Last trains Harrogate to Leeds: 22.18 and 23.12
First train York to Harrogate: 10.47
Last trains Harrogate to York: 21.40

Even though there are extra trains, they're likely to be very busy, so make sure you plan your journey in advance and follow this advice:

  • Plan ahead - check our timetables in advance of your journey and visit National Rail for tickets
  • Leave extra time - look to leave a little earlier or later to avoid peak times on transport
  • Bikes on trains - with the increase in passenger demand during the Championships, it may not always be possible to travel with bikes on trains. Please plan ahead and check with your local rail provider first.
  • If you have accessibility requirements please follow the usual process and call ahead to book your travel with our team.
  • Follow @nationalrailenq and @Y2019travel on twitter for the latest travel updates

 

How will buses in Harrogate be affected during Yorkshire 2019?

There will be some changes to routes, but local operators are hoping to run enhanced services to manage additional demand. 

Town centre road closures mean that there will be no buses serving Victoria Avenue, War Memorial or Montpellier Hill from 18th September - 1st October.

These are the specific changes we know about:

Harrogate Bus Company

For the latest news from Harrogate Bus Company, check out their dedicated website: yorkshire2019travel.com

The 36: 

Leeds to Harrogate

Buses are every 10 minutes, using the normal timetable between Harrogate and Leeds and adding extra buses at busy times during the event.

Between 21 and 29 September, buses between 9am and 8pm will be affected by the closure of Prince of Wales Roundabout, so will be unable to get to stops on Leeds Road between Oatlands Corner and the Prince of Wales Roundabout. After picking up at the bus station, buses will run non-stop between Library Gardens and Oatlands, M&S.

Harrogate to Ripon

The closure of West Park means buses will miss stops between Victoria Avenue and the Royal Hall between 18 and 30 September. At some times they will also miss stops between the Royal Hall and the Little Wonder Roundabout.

On 23 and 24 September Ripon Bus Station will be closed, so the final stop in Ripon will be a temporary stop on Somerset Row, just next to Low Skellgate.

Early morning and evening buses will run to normal times every day so people can travel to and from work at each end of the day, and to watch the event.

Daytime buses will also run as normal every 20 minutes through the day on six of the nine event days. On the other three days – 21, 24, 25 Sep – they will not be able to run between Harrogate and Ripon due to road closures for a period in the middle of the day.

Download a timetable for 21 September here.

Download a timetable for 24 September here.

Download a timetable for 25 September here.

The 1:
Will run as normal except on 21st September, when between 10am and 5pm it will run Harrogate to Starbeck every 7 mins, and on to Knaresborough via a different route every 30 mins. During this time it will not be able to serve stops between The Avenue in Starbeck and Knaresborough Bus Station or St James Retail Park.
The 1B and 1C services will link with the town centre via special shuttle buses, while the 1D will not run on 21st September.
Download a timetable for 21 September here

The 7:
Runs as normal except on 21st September, when, between 10am and 5pm, it'll run as two separate services. One from Harrogate to the Kestrel Roundabout and the other between Leeds and Wetherby.

Download a timetable for 21 September here.

2A/2B:
Runs as normal.

3:
Will run as normal except during race road closure times (2-3 hours) on 21st and 24-30th Sept when services will be unable to run.

Services won't be able to serve stops between Victoria Avenue and the Royal Hall between 18 and 30 September. At some times they will miss stops between the Royal Hall and the Little Wonder Roundabout.

21 September timetable24 September timetable.

25 September timetable26 September timetable.

27 September timetable28 September timetable.

29 September timetable.

6:

On 18, 19, 20 and 30 September it won’t be able to get to stops on Victoria Avenue or Montpellier Hill but the times for all other stops will be the same.
The 6 will be running every hour between 21 and 29 September, on a new route to avoid the daily closure of Otley Road. This means they won’t be able to reach stops between Harrogate Bus Station and Beckwith Road.

Download a timetable for the 6 bus between 21 and 29 September here.

The X6 peak time buses to Beckwith Knowle won’t be able to reach the business park, so customers who usually use this bus should use the 6 as far as Beckwith Road – just a few minutes’ walk away from usual stops. The best stop is shown on the link to the 6 timetable above.

8:
Will not run on Saturday 21st September or Friday 27th September. All other days will run as normal.

21:
Will run as normal except there will be no service on Saturday 21st September.

22:
Running as normal every day except 21 September when it won’t be able to get to Knaresborough or villages between Knaresborough and Ripon.
On 23 and 24 September Ripon Bus Station is closed so will be using a temporary stop on Somerset Row instead.

24:
No service on Saturday 21st September, all other days will run as normal as much as possible. The service won’t be able to get to stops between Victoria Avenue and the Royal Hall between 18 and 30 September. At some times it will also miss stops between the Royal Hall and the Little Wonder Roundabout. 

Between 24 and 28 September some buses on the 24 won’t be able to run, and this varies day by day.

Download timetables for these days here.

School buses will be protected and if they cannot return directly from St John Fisher & St Aidan's schools, students will be able to walk to the Town Centre. The Harrogate Bus Company will communicate this directly.

Connexions Buses

412: (Wetherby to York)
Will not operate at all on Saturday 21st September and will not operate at 1520 from Wetherby and 1620 from York on Friday 27th September

X1:
On Satudday 21st September it will divert around road closures in Knaresborough via Calcutt & Windsor Drive to Aspin Estate. On Friday 27th September it will not operate between 10am and 12noon.

X6a:
Will not operate on Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th at all. On Tuesday 24th & Friday 27th it will run to and from Pannal Ash and Beckwith Knowle via Otley Road only.

X12:
Will not operate at all from Monday 23rd-Friday 27th September.

X70:
On Saturday 21st September from 1020 it will terminate at Follifoot and will not be able to serve any stops to or from Wetherby until the roads reopen. On Friday 27th it will not operate at all between 10am and 12noon whilst the Empress Roundabout is closed.

X52:
From Monday 23rd to Friday 27th it will divert via Hookstone Road so will not serve Leeds Road from Harrogate Town Centre to M&S.

Harrogate electric bus

Can I get around Harrogate by bike during Yorkshire 2019?

Absolutely. Of course, you can't cycle on the race route during the road closures so watch out for these, and do expect additional vehicles and pedestrians on your normal routes.

If you're planning to head to the Fan Zone on your bike, that's great! You can't take it in, but there will be additional bike parking so don't forget your lock!

Open Harrogate have lots of information on cycle routes around Harrogate.

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