Tour de France set to close roads in East Lancashire

Signs warning of the road closures for the Tour de France are already in place

Signs warning of the road closures for the Tour de France are already in place

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SEVERAL roads in East Lancashire are to be closed over the first weekend in July as the world’s most famous bike race passes by.

Two Tour de France stages will start in Yorkshire on July 5 and 6, with the race coming within a couple of miles of the East Lancashire border.

Spectators wanting to see the race are being urged to turn out well in advance as road closures are expected to cause a traffic backlog.

During the July 5 stage, from Leeds to Harrogate, the race will travel through Skipton. The A56 Colne to Broughton road will be closed around the A59. The A6068 from Colne to Keighley will remain open but congestion is expected.

The second stage, from York to Sheffield, will visit Hebden Bridge and Cragg Vale. All routes off the M65 to Yorkshire will be closed from early morning to mid-afternoon, while routes from Lancashire towards Todmorden and Hebden Bridge will be closed from early in the morning.

The A6068 from Colne to Keighley will include access to Steeton and Airedale Hospital, but there will be no access beyond Keighley into Yorkshire.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council’s highways department said: “The first stages of the Tour de France will pass close to the Lancashire boundaries, so travel between Lancashire and Yorkshire will be disrupted.

“While this will be a great opportunity to see one of the top annual sports occasions in the world, for safety reasons, the roads that are part of the route will be closed for a minimum of eight hours.

“Access to key locations such as Skipton and Hebden Bridge need careful management and turning up an hour prior to the scheduled time will end in disappointment.”

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1:30pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Mikeee47 says...

very little thought of the cost to Hauliers, cyclist phfft wha'ts wrong with putting them on the B roads? let them endure the potholes we have to put up with.
very little thought of the cost to Hauliers, cyclist phfft wha'ts wrong with putting them on the B roads? let them endure the potholes we have to put up with. Mikeee47
  • Score: 1

1:34pm Wed 18 Jun 14

frank says...

get a life , it's a one off for a few hours for one day. and a money maker for all the pubs and shops in the area.
get a life , it's a one off for a few hours for one day. and a money maker for all the pubs and shops in the area. frank
  • Score: 8

3:04pm Wed 18 Jun 14

site supervisor says...

be nice if they could give us a time like 10 to1400 or whatevery.....
be nice if they could give us a time like 10 to1400 or whatevery..... site supervisor
  • Score: 6

3:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

maxcollie says...

Do they pay Road TAX?
Do they pay Road TAX? maxcollie
  • Score: -15

4:28pm Wed 18 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

maxcollie wrote:
Do they pay Road TAX?
Nobody pays road tax, it was abolished in 1937.
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: Do they pay Road TAX?[/p][/quote]Nobody pays road tax, it was abolished in 1937. rudis_dad
  • Score: 20

5:50pm Wed 18 Jun 14

GracesDad says...

frank wrote:
get a life , it's a one off for a few hours for one day. and a money maker for all the pubs and shops in the area.
You'd think so but many of the pubs along the tour route are shutting up for the day.
[quote][p][bold]frank[/bold] wrote: get a life , it's a one off for a few hours for one day. and a money maker for all the pubs and shops in the area.[/p][/quote]You'd think so but many of the pubs along the tour route are shutting up for the day. GracesDad
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Chris P Bacon says...

maxcollie wrote:
Do they pay Road TAX?
Without any shadow of any scintilla of any doubt, this has got to be, hands down, THE MOST STUPID THING IT'S POSSIBLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOMETHING THE WRITER KNOWS LITERALLY NOTHING ABOUT. But don't let your stupidity prevent more contributions; we all love a good laugh.
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: Do they pay Road TAX?[/p][/quote]Without any shadow of any scintilla of any doubt, this has got to be, hands down, THE MOST STUPID THING IT'S POSSIBLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOMETHING THE WRITER KNOWS LITERALLY NOTHING ABOUT. But don't let your stupidity prevent more contributions; we all love a good laugh. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 17

7:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

ToffeeGuy says...

Roads into Yorkshire closed?

Can we make it permanent? And make sure they can't come the other way.

If the Tykes want a bike race let them have it, but please, please, don't let any Lancashire taxes pay for it.
Roads into Yorkshire closed? Can we make it permanent? And make sure they can't come the other way. If the Tykes want a bike race let them have it, but please, please, don't let any Lancashire taxes pay for it. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: 4

9:54pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Moonblue says...

Is this right?
Some French/Yorkshire folk are off on a pushbike ride and the council in a county nearby are shutting roads?
This can't be true can it?
Is this right? Some French/Yorkshire folk are off on a pushbike ride and the council in a county nearby are shutting roads? This can't be true can it? Moonblue
  • Score: -5

10:36pm Wed 18 Jun 14

child44 says...

Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden?
Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden? child44
  • Score: 3

11:05pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Richard Pembrook says...

maxcollie wrote:
Do they pay Road TAX?
FOOL!
[quote][p][bold]maxcollie[/bold] wrote: Do they pay Road TAX?[/p][/quote]FOOL! Richard Pembrook
  • Score: 10

11:06pm Wed 18 Jun 14

ToffeeGuy says...

child44 wrote:
Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden?
Avoid Hebden Bridge like the plague, the place will be full of mamils (middle-aged men in lycra) that day.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden?[/p][/quote]Avoid Hebden Bridge like the plague, the place will be full of mamils (middle-aged men in lycra) that day. ToffeeGuy
  • Score: -4

10:48am Fri 20 Jun 14

rudis_dad says...

child44 wrote:
Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden?
Because, quite simply, both towns will be completely full for about a week before and after the event. I really don't think that people have grasped just how busy it will actually be - if you've ever been to France during the TdF then just about every town that is passes through is put into lockdown for two days prior to the race except for essential business. It's only in open country where access is readily available. The best solution if you want to see the race is to park up well away for where you want to be and to walk or cycle to a vantage point and get there about 12 hours before it passes through.

It will be utter chaos, be under no illusions.
[quote][p][bold]child44[/bold] wrote: Why on earth are routes FROM Lancashire TOWARDS Todmorden being closed? The race goes through Hebden Bridge, not Todmorden. They'd probably be congested anyway, but why close them? How the hell are fans supposed to get to Hebden Bridge to see the race if they're not even allowed to get to Todmorden?[/p][/quote]Because, quite simply, both towns will be completely full for about a week before and after the event. I really don't think that people have grasped just how busy it will actually be - if you've ever been to France during the TdF then just about every town that is passes through is put into lockdown for two days prior to the race except for essential business. It's only in open country where access is readily available. The best solution if you want to see the race is to park up well away for where you want to be and to walk or cycle to a vantage point and get there about 12 hours before it passes through. It will be utter chaos, be under no illusions. rudis_dad
  • Score: 2

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