Road closures as Women’s Tour puts county on global cycling stage

On Wednesday, 8 June, the 107.3km race will begin on Tewkesbury High Street and head west into the Forest of Dean, before heading back east to finish on Southgate Street in Gloucester.

In addition to Tewkesbury and Gloucester, the riders will race through Newent, Coleford, Lydney and Cinderford, showcasing some of the best scenery the county has to offer in front of a global television audience.

Residents are encouraged to cheer the riders on at the roadside as it passes by their doorstep. Residents and visitors travelling to the race are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey, and to use active travel and public transport where possible. Those driving to the race should ensure they are parked legally. In addition, all spectators should watch from a safe position and not on the road itself.

To minimise disruption to communities, most of the race will operate a rolling road closure. This means roads will only be closed for around 30 minutes while the race passes through.

Full road closures will be in operation at the start in Tewkesbury and the finish in Gloucester, the full list is below:

Tewkesbury

  • A38 High Street – Full road closure from Barton Street to Mythe Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to 2pm on Wednesday, 8 June

Gloucester

  • A430 Southgate Street – Full road closure from Kimbrose Way to St Ann Way from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Spa Road – Full road closure with access only from Southgate Street to Brunswick Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Llanthony Road – Full road closure with access only from Southgate Street to Severn Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • A430 Kimbrose Way – Full road closure from Southgate Street to Commercial Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • A4301 Commercial Road – Full road closure from Kimbrose Way to The Quay from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Parliament Street – Full road closure with access only from Southgate Street to Brunswick Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Southgate Street – Full road closure with access only from Kimbrose Way to Longsmith Street from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Commercial Road – Full road closure with access only from Kimbrose Way to Southgate Street from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Longsmith Street – Full road closure with access only from Southgate Street to Ladybellgate Street from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Ladybellgate Street – Full road closure with access only from Longsmith Street to Commercial Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • The Quay – Full road closure with access only from Commercial Road to Westgate Street from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June
  • Severn Road – Full road closure with access only from Commercial Road to Llanthony Road from midnight on Tuesday, 7 June to midnight on Wednesday, 8 June

The men’s Tour of Britain will also hold a stage in the county on 9 September. The council has sponsored both races in line with its commitment to supporting tourism, the local economy and active travel. It will be the first time either race has held a stage start and finish in Gloucestershire.

The race will be broadcast with a highlights show on ITV4.

Cllr David Gray, Cabinet member responsible for the environment, said: “The Women’s Tour and Tour of Britain will put the spotlight on Gloucestershire, and allow our county to reap the benefits that these events will bring.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these road closures.

“However, I would encourage residents across the county to take the opportunity to watch as some of the world’s best cyclists race through our county.”

More information on the Women’s Tour in Gloucestershire, including stage timetables for when the race will be in your area, can be found out the council’s website.

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