Highways chiefs reveal latest on roads closures for cycle event

More details of road closures for the summer’s Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Craven have been released by North Yorkshire County Council.

Although it says final details will not be possible until closer to Tour weekend – July 5 and July 6 – it has released information to help people plan ahead.

All the latest about the anticipated timings of closures, traffic management, and diversion routes, will be presented on an “indicative” basis on the council’s website which will be updated as and when more precise details become clear.

Exact timings will be dictated by factors such as the numbers of spectators and arrival times. “Having said that, we recognise that residents and businesses need to be able to plan as far ahead as possible,” said Coun Gareth Dadd, executive member for highways.

“For this reason we are providing indicative road closure timings. We will make them as accurate as possible using all the information available to us.

“However, it should be borne in mind that they are intended as a guide, and are subject to change.”

The website will also provide information for spectators, covering topics such as where to watch the race, the ease of access for different sites, and the location of car parks, campsites and events.

Skipton and Grassington have been named official spectator hubs for the race, which will come through Craven on two of the three stages of the Grand Depart, before it moves to France.

“Our aim is to ensure that the Grand Départ passes off smoothly for everyone – for the competitors, for the spectators, and for all other highways users,” added Coun Dadd.

“This is a fantastic event, and the benefits to North Yorkshire will be enormous.

“We want to do all we can to make sure that it is a huge success – and that as far as possible, disruption for everyone who needs to use our roads on the weekend and the days either side of the event is kept to a minimum.”

To check on road closures, go to northyorks.gov.uk/tour.

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