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Plea to plan ahead for Tour de Yorkshire

Plea to plan ahead for Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 6:41pm 18th April 2016. (Updated at 2:50pm 25th April 2016)

Motorists across North Yorkshire are being warned about road closures for the Tour de Yorkshire.

Most roads will be closed around 20 to 30 minutes before the cycle race and will reopen as soon as it has passed.

However, some longer closures are needed at key points along the route.

Closures may also be lengthened for safety reasons on the day.

To enable the finish area for Stage 1 to be set up and for the race to take place safely, there will be road closures in and around Settle.

This includes the race route through Settle and Giggleswick, but also the A65 between Gargrave and the B6480 (Buck Haw Brow).

Settle - Thursday 28 April and Friday 29 April

The B6480 Duke Street, between the junction with Station Road and the junction with Town Head, will be closed from 10am on Thursday to 9pm on Friday, to allow for the construction and removal of the finish area.

Access on the Market Place will be restricted during this time, with access to properties at the rear of the Market Place being maintained via High Street.

The B6480 Church Street, from Langcliffe Road to Town Head, will be open for local access only from 10am on Thursday to 1.30pm on Friday.

It will then be closed from 1.30pm to 6.30pm for the race itself.

From 6.30pm to 9pm, it will be open for local access only and will reopen as normal from 9pm.

The B6480 Duke Street (Falcon Inn to Station Road) will be open for local access only from 10am on Thursday to 1.30pm on Friday.

It will then be closed from 1.30pm to 6.30pm for the race itself.

From 6.30pm to 9pm, it will be open for local access only and will reopen as normal from 9pm.

A diversion for local traffic will be in place via Kirkgate, Bond Lane, Station Road and Cammock Lane.

Through traffic to and from Ribblesdale will be diverted via B6480 Buck Haw Brow.

Settle - Friday 29 April only

Station Road, from its junction with Duke Street to Bond Lane, will be closed from 1.30pm to 6.30pm.

The B6480 Langcliffe Road to the A65 Settle bypass will be closed for the race from 3pm to approximately 6pm, to ensure spectator safety at the Giggleswick sprint point (Buck Haw Brow) and to help ensure the race route is completely clear of traffic for the race.

The A65 Settle bypass will be closed southbound at its junction with Buck Haw Brow from 3pm until the race has passed (approximately 5pm) to ensure race safety.

The bypass will be closed northbound as part of the rolling road closures from approximately 3pm to 5pm.

Rolling road closures will be in place on the A65 between Gargrave and Settle roundabout from 3pm to 5pm.

These will generally be in force for approximately 45 minutes to allow the race to pass safely.

Big screens from which to watch the race will be in place at the Market Place, Settle, and the Tour de Yorkshire Festival at Greenfoot Car Park, Settle.

Greenhow Hill

As the only King of the Mountain point on Stage 1, Greenhow Hill is likely to be a popular location for spectators.

It will be closed to motor vehicles from midday to 5pm on Friday 29 April, between the Royal Oak pub in Pateley Bridge and Greenhow village.

Peat Lane will also be closed during this time.

A signed diversion for through traffic will be in place between Grassington and Pateley Bridge via the A59, and between Greenhow and Pateley Bridge via Duck Street Lane and the A59.

Additional car parking is available at the Nidderdale Showground, where there will also be a big screen on which to watch the race.

A170 Sutton Bank

The race route will be closed from the east of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe village to Sutton Bank Visitor Centre from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 1 May.

For through traffic, a signed diversion will be in place via the caravan route.

All fixed closures on Sutton Bank relate to motor vehicles only.

Pedestrian and cycling access will be maintained until the rolling road closures are put in place by the police.

No pedestrian or cycling access is allowed during the rolling road closure.

A170 eastbound Thirsk to Sutton Bank

Local access from Thirsk to Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe will be allowed from 10am to 11.30am.

From 11.30am until after the race has passed at around 2pm, eastbound access from Thirsk to Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe will not be allowed.

After the race has passed, there will be local access from Thirsk to Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe until 4pm, when the road should be completely reopened.

A170 westbound Sutton Bank to Thirsk

Traffic will be able to head towards Thirsk from Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe until the rolling road closures are in place from around 12.30pm to 2pm.

After the race has passed until 4pm, traffic will be able to head towards Thirsk from Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe.

The road should be completely reopened by 4pm.

A170 eastbound Sutton Bank to Duncombe Park

Throughout the day, traffic will still be able to head towards Duncombe Park from Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, except during rolling road closures between 12.30pm and 2pm.

The road should be completely reopened by 4pm.

A170 westbound Duncombe Park to Sutton Bank

Traffic will be able to head west from Duncombe Park to Sutton Bank Visitor Centre to access event car parking until midday.

Westbound access will not be permitted between midday and 2pm.

From 2pm until 4pm, there will be local access only from Duncombe Park to Sutton Bank.

The road should be completely reopened by 4pm.

Big screens on which to watch the race will be in place at Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and Thirsk Market Place.

County Councillor Carl Les, Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "This is a fantastic event which builds on last year's Tour de Yorkshire, and once again the benefits to North Yorkshire will be enormous, both in the immediate term and the longer term.

"We want to make sure that everything is in place to make it a huge success and ensure the race passes off smoothly for everyone - the competitors, the spectators, and all other residents and highways users.

"We are doing all we can to make sure that it is successful and that as far as possible disruption for everyone who needs to use our roads over the weekend of the 29 April to 1 May is kept to a minimum."

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added: "The Tour de Yorkshire will showcase Yorkshire's stunning scenery and deliver an excellent sporting event that will bring the whole of the county together.

"Once again, North Yorkshire County Council has thoroughly embraced the opportunity of hosting a world-class cycling race on its roads and will play an important part in keeping both the riders and spectators safe along the route."

More information at www.northyorks.gov.uk