Some road closures as Women’s Tour comes to town Sunday 19 June

Published: Friday, 10 June 2016

The final stage of the Aviva Women’s Tour, a major, international stage race for women cyclists that attracts cycling stars from all over the world, will start from Northampton on Sunday 19 June.

The race will begin from outside the Guildhall at 10.45am and before the cyclists set off, visitors will be able to soak up the atmosphere and buzz as teams gather and prepare themselves for the race.

As this is a major event, there will be some road closures and disruption in the town centre on the day. Setting up for the race will begin at 5am and there will be some road closures from 4am on Sunday 19 until around 3pm.

No parking area and roads closed

From 4.30am on Sunday 19 June, there will be no parking in Mercer’s Row; George Row and Woodhill; St Giles Square and Guildhall Road. Northamptonshire County Council will tow away any cars left on these streets after 4.30am. These roads will be closed from 4.30am and will remain closed until the early afternoon. Dychurch Lane and Abington Street will also be closed

Restricted access

Access into Derngate and St Giles Street will be restricted from 4am onwards and road closures will be in place for certain periods of the day as necessary.

The Ridings will be open to give access to the Ridings car park but not for through traffic.

Castilian Street, Castilian Terrace, Hazelwood Road, Bedford Place, Spring Gardens, Scholars Court and Albion Place will also be closed and will reopen once the cyclists and support vehicles have passed by. Where safety can be maintained vehicles will be allowed to exit via Derngate out of town only towards Bedford Road until the full closures are in place.

The cyclists will then race out of town via London Road and East Hunsbury before leaving the borough area, and support vehicles travelling in front and behind of the racers will briefly hold traffic until they have passed by.

Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for Community Engagement, Cllr Anna King, said: “We are thrilled that the Aviva Women’s Tour is coming to Northampton and as we are hosting the start of the final stage, there should be some real excitement in the air. I hope that people will turn out to get the cyclists off to a good start and leave them with a great impression of the town.” For more information, check out the dedicated Women’s Tour pages on the Borough Council’s website.