Roads closure warning for Tour of Britain in Wiltshire

Mark Cavendish celebrates winning the final stage of last year's Tour of Britain

Mark Cavendish celebrates winning the final stage of last year's Tour of Britain

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Spectators wanting to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated Tour of Britain are advised to arrive early as roads along the route will close 15 minutes before the riders’ speed past.

Organisers have been working to minimise disruption for residents and commuters as soon as the elite cyclists enter Wiltshire at 10.40am on September 12.

Stage six sets off from Bath and Wiltshire road closures will start from 10.20am on the B3108 at Lower Stoke, while the A363 Masons Lane, Silver Street and St Margaret's Street will be shut from around 10.30am as they race through Bradford on Avon onto Trowbridge.

The A363 Trowbridge Road will be shut from 10.35am as it passes through Widbrook and Trowle, and Bradford Road, Stallard Street and Bythesea Road will close from around 10.40am.

The main A361 will be closed from 10.55am as the riders pass Seend on their way to Devizes where they will take in the Vale of Pewsey, before heading out of the county towards West Berkshire. The last of the county’s roads should be reopened by around 12.40pm.

Race director Mick Bennett said: “We’re hoping to see lots of spectators at the roadside throughout Wiltshire on September 12 cheering on and supporting the world’s top riders.
“Stage Six will be one of the most challenging legs of the Friends Life Tour of Britain, stretching across the country from Bath in the west to the Chilterns and Hemel Hempstead in the east.”

Council leader Jane Scott said: “We are really looking forward to seeing our local communities come out to support the riders at the roadside, and I hope that by seeing the race first hand it will inspire people to get out and about on their bikes across the many beautiful cycle routes that we offer in Wiltshire.

"I am aware that the communities on the route are planning lots of activities and are looking forward to showcasing what makes them unique.

"We hope that local schools will also take the opportunity to allow the school children to see the race and show their support for the elite riders. Personally I am looking forward to seeing the riders pass in front of County Hall in Trowbridge and we are currently making plans for how we welcome them in Wiltshire."


 

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4:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Three paragraphs of waffle from The Exalted One. Nothing like a bit of hijacking, eh?
Three paragraphs of waffle from The Exalted One. Nothing like a bit of hijacking, eh? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 4

6:44pm Wed 6 Aug 14

beetawix says...

Does an onslaught of elite cyclist into the county constitute an abnormal load?
Does an onslaught of elite cyclist into the county constitute an abnormal load? beetawix
  • Score: 4

9:56pm Wed 6 Aug 14

wiltshirebloke says...

I just hope the riders don't get thrown off their bikes by the road surface coming down Mason's Lane, or Market Street, especially the yellow box sections, which have been in a disgusting condition for many years, despite being flagged to CLARENCE.
I just hope the riders don't get thrown off their bikes by the road surface coming down Mason's Lane, or Market Street, especially the yellow box sections, which have been in a disgusting condition for many years, despite being flagged to CLARENCE. wiltshirebloke
  • Score: 6

9:20pm Thu 7 Aug 14

grassman1 says...

I'm hoping they will resurface the road from Trowbridge to Semington roundabout. In very poor condition and dangerous for anyone on two wheels.
I'm hoping they will resurface the road from Trowbridge to Semington roundabout. In very poor condition and dangerous for anyone on two wheels. grassman1
  • Score: 9

6:40am Fri 8 Aug 14

politepanda says...

THAT'LL get the roads re-surfaced AND the verges cut! And JS can hand out mini-flags to her minions as they line the streets to cheer her - er - the cyclists on their way!
THAT'LL get the roads re-surfaced AND the verges cut! And JS can hand out mini-flags to her minions as they line the streets to cheer her - er - the cyclists on their way! politepanda
  • Score: 6

7:54am Fri 8 Aug 14

Jo Jo Smith says...

politepanda
Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch.
I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.
politepanda Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch. I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second. Jo Jo Smith
  • Score: 1

8:30am Fri 8 Aug 14

politepanda says...

Jo Jo Smith wrote:
politepanda Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch. I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.
And??
[quote][p][bold]Jo Jo Smith[/bold] wrote: politepanda Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch. I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.[/p][/quote]And?? politepanda
  • Score: 3

8:30am Fri 8 Aug 14

beetawix says...

jo jo smith wrote
By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.

what is the above nonsense intended to mean?
jo jo smith wrote By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second. what is the above nonsense intended to mean? beetawix
  • Score: 4

8:46am Fri 8 Aug 14

Jo Jo Smith says...

My meaning is, the council offices seem to get everything done first, re-surfacing of the road, grass cutting.

''Everybody matter'' if you work for the council and sod everyone else.
My meaning is, the council offices seem to get everything done first, re-surfacing of the road, grass cutting. ''Everybody matter'' if you work for the council and sod everyone else. Jo Jo Smith
  • Score: -2

1:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

beetawix says...

Jo Jo Smith wrote:
My meaning is, the council offices seem to get everything done first, re-surfacing of the road, grass cutting.

''Everybody matter'' if you work for the council and sod everyone else.
I think you have it wrong.
if grass cutting for example at County Halll is given priority as you suggest, it will be done to create the illusion to any influential visitor that every thing is ok with grass maintenance.
Council office workers are ordinary folk like you and I and they work in non-descript offices, not caring a tinker's cuss about the state of their immediate environment during working hours.
[quote][p][bold]Jo Jo Smith[/bold] wrote: My meaning is, the council offices seem to get everything done first, re-surfacing of the road, grass cutting. ''Everybody matter'' if you work for the council and sod everyone else.[/p][/quote]I think you have it wrong. if grass cutting for example at County Halll is given priority as you suggest, it will be done to create the illusion to any influential visitor that every thing is ok with grass maintenance. Council office workers are ordinary folk like you and I and they work in non-descript offices, not caring a tinker's cuss about the state of their immediate environment during working hours. beetawix
  • Score: 3

2:44pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jo Jo Smith says...

Be honest, do you not think that when the general public see everything outside county hall being done, that WC, but their areas first and the public second.
Be honest, do you not think that when the general public see everything outside county hall being done, that WC, but their areas first and the public second. Jo Jo Smith
  • Score: -1

4:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Jo Jo Smith said... " By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second."

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure Bythesea Road is not an exclusive thoroughfare for "the council".
Jo Jo Smith said... " By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second." Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure Bythesea Road is not an exclusive thoroughfare for "the council". Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 4

4:49pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Jo Jo Smith said... " By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second."

Seymour Road has been done within the last two months... so what's your point?
Jo Jo Smith said... " By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second." Seymour Road has been done within the last two months... so what's your point? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 2

5:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

beetawix says...

Jo Jo Smith wrote:
Be honest, do you not think that when the general public see everything outside county hall being done, that WC, but their areas first and the public second.
you obviously think so, but vast numbers of the general public have more intelligence.
[quote][p][bold]Jo Jo Smith[/bold] wrote: Be honest, do you not think that when the general public see everything outside county hall being done, that WC, but their areas first and the public second.[/p][/quote]you obviously think so, but vast numbers of the general public have more intelligence. beetawix
  • Score: 3

9:42am Sat 9 Aug 14

devilstail says...

Jo Jo Smith wrote:
politepanda
Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch.
I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.
Take a day off work!!!

A36, B390 have been resurfaced this year
[quote][p][bold]Jo Jo Smith[/bold] wrote: politepanda Some of use have to work for a living, unable to watch. I agree, that it is about time WC re - surfaced many of are roads, By - Sea - Road has been done within the last two years, council first, tax payers second.[/p][/quote]Take a day off work!!! A36, B390 have been resurfaced this year devilstail
  • Score: 1

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