8-hour road closures announced for Tour de France

Craven Herald: North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell North Yorkshire County Council leader John Weighell

Roads along the route of the summer’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France will be closed for at least eight hours, it has been confirmed.

Large sections of main routes through Craven, including parts of the A65, will be closed for the majority of July 5 and 6 when the race passes through the district.

North Yorkshire County Council said the lengthy closures were needed to allow preparation of the race route, handover to the Tour organisers, the race itself and the clear-up.

Tuesday’s announcement of the road closures followed estimated timings of the race made by Tour organisers last week.

It is believed up to 900,000 spectators will line the route for stage one of the event – which goes from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday, July 5 – with 650,000 expected in North Yorkshire.

The race is expected to enter Craven at Draughton at around 12.40pm before going on to Skipton, Rylstone, Cracoe, Kilnsey, Kettlewell, Starbotton and reaching Buckden at around 1.28pm and Cray a few minutes later.

The cyclists will leave Craven via the “Cote de Cray” at Kidstones, classed by officials as a fourth category climb and sure to attract a concentrated number of spectators because of it counting towards the prized King of the Mountains jersey.

Stage two, on the Sunday, from York to Sheffield, is expected to attract a million people, although most are likely to converge on West and South Yorkshire. Cyclists are due to cross the boundary into Craven at around 12.30pm on the A59 after climbing the Cote de Blubberhouses – a fourth category climb – before going on to Bolton Bridge, Addingham and Silsden.

“It is important to remember just how massive this event is going to be,” said Coun John Weighell, leader of North Yorkshire County Council.

The road closures include: Saturday, July 5 – A65, from West Yorkshire boundary to A6069 junction with Otley Road, A6069 from the A65 to Skipton High Street; A6131 Skipton High Street; B6265 from Skipton High Street to Threshfield; and B6160 from Threshfield to Kidstones.

Sunday – A59 Blubberhouses Moor to Bolton Abbey roundabout and B6160 Bolton Abbey to West Yorkshire boundary.

A Tour de France meeting organised by Skipton Chamber of Trade, Craven District Council and Skipton Town Council is due to take place at Skipton Town Hall on Tuesday from 6pm

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2:33pm Sat 25 Jan 14

steve10 says...

8 Hours of major road closures for 5 minuets of action ?? suppose if your making a shed load of money it will be worth it !!
8 Hours of major road closures for 5 minuets of action ?? suppose if your making a shed load of money it will be worth it !! steve10
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8:27pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Ritchie6 says...

Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France"
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France" Ritchie6
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8:29pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Ritchie6 says...

Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it Ritchie6
  • Score: -7

9:44pm Sat 25 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

One of the worlds biggest sporting events is coming to Skipton. We should be celebrating, not complaining because the roads are going to be closed for a few hours. We need to welcome all the visitors so that they spread the word about what the region has to offer. We will all benefit from increased tiourism in years to come..
One of the worlds biggest sporting events is coming to Skipton. We should be celebrating, not complaining because the roads are going to be closed for a few hours. We need to welcome all the visitors so that they spread the word about what the region has to offer. We will all benefit from increased tiourism in years to come.. Mart56
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bettyswollocks says...

Ritchie6 wrote:
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it
I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it[/p][/quote]I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime. bettyswollocks
  • Score: -4

5:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

bettyswollocks wrote:
Ritchie6 wrote:
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it
I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.
I'm sorry you think my family and friends are rude and inconsiderate. I'm sure if you met them you'd think differently. I think you'd also find that a significant proportion of the people watching on the day will be from Skipton and the surrounding area. The event will bring many benefits to the area - income from tourism, free entertainment for all who are interested and hopefully encourage more people to get on their bikes for some much nested exercise.
[quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it[/p][/quote]I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry you think my family and friends are rude and inconsiderate. I'm sure if you met them you'd think differently. I think you'd also find that a significant proportion of the people watching on the day will be from Skipton and the surrounding area. The event will bring many benefits to the area - income from tourism, free entertainment for all who are interested and hopefully encourage more people to get on their bikes for some much nested exercise. Mart56
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bettyswollocks says...

Mart56 wrote:
bettyswollocks wrote:
Ritchie6 wrote:
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it
I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.
I'm sorry you think my family and friends are rude and inconsiderate. I'm sure if you met them you'd think differently. I think you'd also find that a significant proportion of the people watching on the day will be from Skipton and the surrounding area. The event will bring many benefits to the area - income from tourism, free entertainment for all who are interested and hopefully encourage more people to get on their bikes for some much nested exercise.
I'm just speaking from our experience of when the Olympic torch passed through. This miraculous economic boost that people like to talk about is a fallacy. The truth is visitors turn up, spend little, have no consideration for the people that live there and leave a mess.

There are a heck of a lot of people in Skipton that don't want this but nobody ever asks, it just gets decided for us by the snobs that like to gloat about it being a wonderful place while doing indirectly doing their best to ensure it isn't.
[quote][p][bold]Mart56[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it[/p][/quote]I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.[/p][/quote]I'm sorry you think my family and friends are rude and inconsiderate. I'm sure if you met them you'd think differently. I think you'd also find that a significant proportion of the people watching on the day will be from Skipton and the surrounding area. The event will bring many benefits to the area - income from tourism, free entertainment for all who are interested and hopefully encourage more people to get on their bikes for some much nested exercise.[/p][/quote]I'm just speaking from our experience of when the Olympic torch passed through. This miraculous economic boost that people like to talk about is a fallacy. The truth is visitors turn up, spend little, have no consideration for the people that live there and leave a mess. There are a heck of a lot of people in Skipton that don't want this but nobody ever asks, it just gets decided for us by the snobs that like to gloat about it being a wonderful place while doing indirectly doing their best to ensure it isn't. bettyswollocks
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

So let's not bother organising any more events. We'll put some signs.on the bypass saying tourists not welcome in Skipton. Then nobody will be inconvenienced and we can all do our shopping in a quiet town with plenty of car parking spaces - except there'll be no shops left, and no jobs, just lots of people complaining about the lack of investment in Skipton.
So let's not bother organising any more events. We'll put some signs.on the bypass saying tourists not welcome in Skipton. Then nobody will be inconvenienced and we can all do our shopping in a quiet town with plenty of car parking spaces - except there'll be no shops left, and no jobs, just lots of people complaining about the lack of investment in Skipton. Mart56
  • Score: 2

6:21pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Ritchie6 says...

I don't actually live in Skipton any more but my concerns are for the people in the outlying Dales villages who are basically going to be prisoners in their homes if the roads to and from their villages are closed while this nonsense goes on. Unless you run a shop or B&B it will have no economic benefit to most people and is simply an unwarranted inconvenience.
I don't actually live in Skipton any more but my concerns are for the people in the outlying Dales villages who are basically going to be prisoners in their homes if the roads to and from their villages are closed while this nonsense goes on. Unless you run a shop or B&B it will have no economic benefit to most people and is simply an unwarranted inconvenience. Ritchie6
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

If you're worried about people being prisoners in their own homes you should concentrate on one of the real issues residents of the outlying villages are having to face - the lack of public transport.
If you're worried about people being prisoners in their own homes you should concentrate on one of the real issues residents of the outlying villages are having to face - the lack of public transport. Mart56
  • Score: 2

9:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

steve10 says...

Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ??

And as for encouraging more people to ride bikes after the event ! God help us!
Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ?? And as for encouraging more people to ride bikes after the event ! God help us! steve10
  • Score: -2

9:49pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Ritchie6 says...

Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ??


I assumes he was because lets face the only people in favour of cyclists are cyclists themselves. I'm sure that some are OK but we've all seen the ones who ride on pavements and refuse to stop at red lights. I personally have no wish to encourage any more to take to the roads
Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ?? I assumes he was because lets face the only people in favour of cyclists are cyclists themselves. I'm sure that some are OK but we've all seen the ones who ride on pavements and refuse to stop at red lights. I personally have no wish to encourage any more to take to the roads Ritchie6
  • Score: -2

9:55pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

I'd like to be if I had more free time. I'd like to be able to cycle to and from the railway station every day but the roads are far too dangerous! I think promoting cycling is an excellent I way to improve the health of the nation. We just need to find a way for all road users whether on foot,horseback, 2 wheels or 4 wheels to be able to respect each others rights and safety. Incidentally I am a car driver who occasionally gets frustrated by militant cyclists riding 2 or three abreast. However in most cases with a little courtesy and patience there are no major problems.
I'd like to be if I had more free time. I'd like to be able to cycle to and from the railway station every day but the roads are far too dangerous! I think promoting cycling is an excellent I way to improve the health of the nation. We just need to find a way for all road users whether on foot,horseback, 2 wheels or 4 wheels to be able to respect each others rights and safety. Incidentally I am a car driver who occasionally gets frustrated by militant cyclists riding 2 or three abreast. However in most cases with a little courtesy and patience there are no major problems. Mart56
  • Score: 1

10:05pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

Ritchie6 wrote:
Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ??


I assumes he was because lets face the only people in favour of cyclists are cyclists themselves. I'm sure that some are OK but we've all seen the ones who ride on pavements and refuse to stop at red lights. I personally have no wish to encourage any more to take to the roads
If your right it's going to be spectacular seeing 800,000 people arriving in Yorkshire on their bikes!
[quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: Are you a cyclist by any chance Mart56 ?? I assumes he was because lets face the only people in favour of cyclists are cyclists themselves. I'm sure that some are OK but we've all seen the ones who ride on pavements and refuse to stop at red lights. I personally have no wish to encourage any more to take to the roads[/p][/quote]If your right it's going to be spectacular seeing 800,000 people arriving in Yorkshire on their bikes! Mart56
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Tue 28 Jan 14

lurchercath says...

bettyswollocks wrote:
Ritchie6 wrote:
Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it
I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.
I find your comments regarding the Tour coming to Skipton very offensive to both supporters and competitors of this world class event. I doubt you would even dare to voice such an opinion if the event to be staged was football related. To describe the greatest cycling event of the year as " a pantomime " is quite absurd, and shows your ignorance of sporting events.
[quote][p][bold]bettyswollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ritchie6[/bold] wrote: Utterly ridiculous! What on earth has the Tour De France got to do with Yorkshire? The clue is in the name "Tour of France". This will cause chaos for ordinary people who want to get out and about during the weekend. Let the French keep it and leave Yorkshire out of it[/p][/quote]I totally agree. All it will do is attract a bunch of rude, inconsiderate people to a town that has neither the means or will to cope with them. I don't understand why we will be forced to be prisoners in our own town to accommodate what is no more than a pantomime.[/p][/quote]I find your comments regarding the Tour coming to Skipton very offensive to both supporters and competitors of this world class event. I doubt you would even dare to voice such an opinion if the event to be staged was football related. To describe the greatest cycling event of the year as " a pantomime " is quite absurd, and shows your ignorance of sporting events. lurchercath
  • Score: 3

7:14pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

For those not interested in cycling there's the Yorkshire Festival to look forward to. It starts on March 27 and lasts for 100 days leading up to the Grand Depart. There'll be lots of.exciting eventuality everyone
For those not interested in cycling there's the Yorkshire Festival to look forward to. It starts on March 27 and lasts for 100 days leading up to the Grand Depart. There'll be lots of.exciting eventuality everyone Mart56
  • Score: 1

9:11pm Wed 29 Jan 14

White Rhino says...

I am not interested in it and do not care for large crowds, as such I will be in Sussex, however I am delighted it is coming to our great town and many people will stay over enjoy our town and hopefully have a great time.

I hope the people on here against it spend the day on social websites complaining about it so they do not spoil it for our guests in person.

We need all kinds of events to showcase out home and keep it viable and attractive to visit, you cannot expect every event to be to your taste or liking, we all want a vibrant Skipton and this will really add to that.
I am not interested in it and do not care for large crowds, as such I will be in Sussex, however I am delighted it is coming to our great town and many people will stay over enjoy our town and hopefully have a great time. I hope the people on here against it spend the day on social websites complaining about it so they do not spoil it for our guests in person. We need all kinds of events to showcase out home and keep it viable and attractive to visit, you cannot expect every event to be to your taste or liking, we all want a vibrant Skipton and this will really add to that. White Rhino
  • Score: 1

1:05pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

As a pedestrian and a sometime pusher of prams and wheelchairs, I don't care how many bicycles come or what they do, as long as they keep off the pavements. I wish we could have some prosecutions of these adults who zoom along pavements and round blind corners; it might put a few of them off doing it. If they don't like cycling on the roads, they should drive or walk.
As a pedestrian and a sometime pusher of prams and wheelchairs, I don't care how many bicycles come or what they do, as long as they keep off the pavements. I wish we could have some prosecutions of these adults who zoom along pavements and round blind corners; it might put a few of them off doing it. If they don't like cycling on the roads, they should drive or walk. Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 2

3:48pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Mart56 says...

Skipton Ratepayer wrote:
As a pedestrian and a sometime pusher of prams and wheelchairs, I don't care how many bicycles come or what they do, as long as they keep off the pavements. I wish we could have some prosecutions of these adults who zoom along pavements and round blind corners; it might put a few of them off doing it. If they don't like cycling on the roads, they should drive or walk.
Totally agree. A minority of cyclists who ignore the rules give the rest a bad reputation with some people. In the same way that some pedestrians and motorists do. We've been to Otley & Ilkley today and witnessed a near head on collision between 2 cars, a pedestrian nearly being hit after walking in front of a car. The only cyclist we came across was soakied and frozen!
[quote][p][bold]Skipton Ratepayer[/bold] wrote: As a pedestrian and a sometime pusher of prams and wheelchairs, I don't care how many bicycles come or what they do, as long as they keep off the pavements. I wish we could have some prosecutions of these adults who zoom along pavements and round blind corners; it might put a few of them off doing it. If they don't like cycling on the roads, they should drive or walk.[/p][/quote]Totally agree. A minority of cyclists who ignore the rules give the rest a bad reputation with some people. In the same way that some pedestrians and motorists do. We've been to Otley & Ilkley today and witnessed a near head on collision between 2 cars, a pedestrian nearly being hit after walking in front of a car. The only cyclist we came across was soakied and frozen! Mart56
  • Score: 1

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