Ilkley road closure plans revealed for Tour de France weekend

Ilkley road closure plans revealed for Tour de France weekend

Ilkley road closure plans revealed for Tour de France weekend

First published in Local news Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Roads through Ilkley and Addingham will be closed for at least eight hours when the Tour de France rolls through on Saturday, July 5, Bradford Council has announced.

The Council has released more details of the closures expected when the race comes through the area.

The route of the race itself – as well as roads on a connected to the stage routes are to close “very early in the morning” the Council has confirmed, and certain roads may need to close earlier and open later than others.

The race will come through Ilkley and Addingham on July 5, and head back through Addingham the following day, on its way south.

The eight-hour minimum closure is necessary, says the Council, to allow the route to be prepared and infrastructure to be put in place before the Tour’s publicity ‘caravan’, followed by around 200 riders and their support teams, pass through.

The infrastructure then has to be removed and spectators allowed to disperse safely.

The routes will need to be clear of all public vehicles prior to the road closure time, with pedestrian access available while the roads are closed. Residents who have car parking on the route will be offered alternative parking where appropriate.

Bradford Council says movement of traffic through places like Addingham, Ilkley and Burley-in-Wharfedale – will not be permitted.

The roads closed for at least eight hours on July 5 are: A660 From the Leeds district boundary to A65 Burley-in-Wharfedale, A65 from through Ilkley to Addingham, Main Street, B6160 from Addingham Main Street to Skipton Road, Addingham Skipton Road from Addingham Main Street to A65 junction Addingham and Wharfedale Road, A65 Skipton Road junction to North Yorkshire boundary.

The following day, the race will close: A6160 Bolton Road district boundary to Addingham Main Street, A6160 from Bolton Road junction via Main Street/Silsden Road to A65 roundabout, A6034 from A65 roundabout through Silsden to A629 roundabout, and roads elsewhere in the district.

Revised bus and train timetables will be in operation. Bradford Council is also working with health and social care providers putting plans in place to maintain essential services and support for those who need it.

Residents and businesses on or directly affected by the race route will receive letters from the Council.

Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Housing, Transport and Planning, Councillor Val Slater, urged local people to talk to their family and neighbours, plan ahead and spread the word.

She said: “The information we have released today is a continuation of a process of giving local people the vital information they need, so they can start to make their own plans. All residents in the district, including those not directly on the route, need to think about how the event will impact on their daily life.”

All the latest information for the Bradford district is available on the Council’s website at www.bradford.gov.uk/tourdefrance. There will also be information on the Council’s facebook page /BradfordMDC and on twitter @Bradfordmdc, and at letouryorkshire.com.

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