Tour of Britain's Guildford road closures announced
By mattcollison | Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 16:54
FULL details of road closures in Guildford on the day of the Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced.
Team GB's Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins return to Surrey for The Tour of Britain
The Surrey stage on September 16 will see riders pass through Guildford early in the race before returning to the High Street for the finish.
Various roads will be closed between noon and 7.30pm in the town. Parking restrictions will also be in place.
A temporary one-way system will be put in place along North Street to allow access out from Ward Street and Leapale Road via Haydon Place.
The finish line of the race is outside Holy Trinity church at the top of Guildford High Street. This means roads in and around this area will be closed from between 4:45am and 7:30pm.
Roads closed between these times are:
- High Street between Millbrook and Epsom Road junctions
- Chertsey Street between High Street and Martyr Road
- North Street between Chertsey Street and Commercial Road
- Market Street between North Street and High Street
- Angel Gate and the entire length of the junction with North Street
- Quarry Street between the junction with High Street and Castle Hill
- Mill Lane between the junction of Quarry Street and Millbrook
- Woodbridge Road between the junction of North Street and Leapale Road car park exit
- Alexandra Terrace between he junction of High Street and Black Horse car park entrance
Roads closed between noon and 4.30pm are:
- High Street between the junction with Park Street and Millbrook
- Millmead and the entire length of the junction with High Street
- Bury Street between Bury Fields and High Street
The council said the extended closures are to allow for the build of the finish area including the finish gantry, podium, barriers and event control room area.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that both Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will be competing in the race, which takes in 90 miles of Surrey roads.
Race Director Mick Bennett said: "To have the reigning Tour de France and Olympic time trial champion and the current world champion competing in The Tour of Britain is a dream for us. That both riders are British and such great champions means that there is now a unprecented interest in the event.
"We are delighted that The Tour of Britain will be the first chance for many British fans to see Bradley Wiggins since his Tour de France and Olympic successes. We are also very pleased that Mark Cavendish to the race again so he can 'show-off' the rainbow stripes in front of home fans."
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council's cabinet member for community services, said: "It's been the ultimate summer for British cycling and hosting the final stage of the Tour of Britain will build on Surrey's Olympic success.
"We brought the race here because it will boost the economy by as much as £2.5 million, strengthen the county's reputation as a world class cycling destination and inspire even more people to try out the sport. It's going to be thrilling to watch elite cycling on our doorsteps again for free."
Estimated times for when the riders will pass through each area are available on www.gosurrey.info.