The East Riding will welcome some of the world’s top cyclists, including Olympic silver medallist and UCI Road World Championship winner Mark Cavendish, on Thursday, 3 May when Beverley hosts the start of both the men’s and women’s Tour de Yorkshire.
Thousands of spectators are expected to line the race route in the East Riding as the peloton races through the area, taking in a number of towns and villages including Tour de Yorkshire debutants Howden and Hornsea.
To ensure the safety of cyclists and spectators, there will be a number of parking suspensions and road closures in place to facilitate the races.
The council is keen that those who wish to attend this exciting event are able to plan their day in advance and that other motorists and members of the travelling public face minimum levels of disruption.
“This year’s Tour de Yorkshire is gearing up to be the best yet, with both races being extended in length and taking in more of the county.
“For the race start in Beverley, the council has prepared a comprehensive entertainment programme to warm the crowd up between the women’s race and the men’s race and we are anticipating a big crowd to cheer the riders off.
“The council would urge those who wish to come along and see the start of this fantastic sporting spectacle in Beverley to get here early (before 7.30am) and, where possible, use the park and ride facility provided at Beverley Race Course or public transport.”
The Asda women’s race will take place in the morning, with the teams setting off from Saturday Market in Beverley at 8.40am. The riders will travel through the town before the official start on the A164 at Bentley lay-by at 8.50am.
The men’s race starts from Saturday Market at 1.50pm, with the official start on the A1035 at Tickton at 2pm. The men’s race passes through Hornsea, Pocklington and Howden before leaving the East Riding around 5.15pm.
With the East Riding hosting the start of both races this year, prolonged delays – especially in and around Beverley – are inevitable.
The A164 will be closed from approximately 8.15am to 9am between Beverley town centre and Skidby roundabout.
To help alleviate congestion, the council is urging residents and visitors to plan ahead and allow additional time to travel.
Any vehicles parked in a suspended area along the cycle route will be removed to ensure the safety of the cyclists.
Road closures and parking arrangements for each of the main towns on this year’s race route are as follows:
Saturday Market, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
Sow Hill Road, Beverley Between Ladygate and Saturday Market Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
Ladygate, Beverley Between Saturday Market and Sow Hill Road Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
Old Waste, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
North Bar Within, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
Spencer Street, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
School Lane, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
Morley’s Yard, Beverley Its entire length Wednesday, 2 May at 5pm to Thursday, 3 May at 6pm
For motorists in possession of a valid blue badge, disabled parking bays are available at the following locations:
Grayburn Lane Car Park – including 30 additional disabled bays for the event (38)
Trinity Lane Car Park (4)
George Street Car Park (1)
Park & Ride
The park & ride service will start at 6.45am and journeys will leave the racecourse at 6.45am, 7.15am and 7.45am prior to the start of the women’s race.
Between 9.30am and 1pm buses will run every 15 minutes prior to the start of the men’s race.
After the men’s race buses will return from Beverley every 30 minutes from 2.15pm, with the last bus leaving Beverley at 6.15pm.
The bus fare will be £1 each way for adults and 50p each way for children under 16 years of age. Bus passes are not valid on this special service.
Most bus services will be operating as normal; however a small number of services may experience delays during the journey where they encounter the races. The following bus journeys will be cancelled:
• Acklams Coaches, service 5 at 2.30pm from Beverley to Swinemoor Estate.
• Acklams Coaches, service 142 at 3pm from Beverley to Etton.
• Acklams Coaches, service 522 at 2.45pm from Beverley to Normandy Avenue, Beverley and return.
• East Yorkshire Motor Services, service X80 at 8.30am from Beverley to Hessle Square.
• East Yorkshire Motor Services, service 520 at 8.25am from Beverley to Swinemoor. Estate, Beverley and return & 1434 from Swinemoor Estate, Beverley to Beverley Bus Station.
• East Yorkshire Motor Services, service 246 at 2,20pm from Beverley to Hornsea.
Car Park Closures
The following car parks in Beverley will be closed from 6pm on Wednesday, 2 May to 6pm on Thursday,