Details of road closures in Northumberland for the Aviva Tour of Britain cycle race have been announced and measures will be put in place to ensure that emergency hospital access is maintained.
Rolling road closures of up to ninety minutes will be in place along the Stage 4 and Stage 5 routes to facilitate the movement of the race through the county.
The county hosts the event, the UK’s largest professional cycle race, next Wednesday and Thursday.
Measures will be in place to ensure that emergency hospital access is maintained and to enable other emergencies to be dealt with. During road closures, some diversions will be in place and traffic management officers will be on hand in towns and villages to help with any issues or queries.
All NHS services across the county will be running as usual, however people with planned GP or hospital appointments, and those visiting loved ones in hospital, are being advised to expect significant disruption around hospital sites in Alnwick, Blyth, Hexham and Wansbeck as the race passes through these towns. There will no access to the hospital car parks during the road closures however pedestrian access will not be affected.
Anne Kennedy, deputy director of medicine and emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “We would like to reassure all patients that our services will be running as usual during the Tour of Britain event, however people should be prepared for disruption around our sites and allow plenty of time to arrive for appointments.
“Our community teams will also be continuing to visit patients across the county as planned, but again may experience some delays when trying to reach patients at home. We have made every effort to contact all patients in advance to make sure they are aware of the road closures disruptions and parking restrictions in place.”
To view the race, spectators should look for the distinctive red and white Tour of Britain banners on lampposts and at prominent spots along the routes.
Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “Roads that are on the race routes will be closed on a temporary basis to allow the cycle race to proceed safely and to enable safe viewing for everyone.
“Our message to spectators is to look out for the Tour of Britain banners and get to your preferred viewing place early to get a good view and avoid traffic disruption.
“Road users are advised to keep away from any areas displaying the banners if they wish to avoid road closures and traffic disruption.”
The council is advising that road closures may affect bin collections on the route and in surrounding areas. Residents should put their bins out as normal, by 7am, on the day of collection. Every effort will be made to collect bins on the scheduled day, or on the following day if this is not possible.
Longer road closures will be in place for the Stage 4 finish in Blyth. There will be a 24-hour closure on Waterloo Road and Keel Row car park from just after midnight on Wednesday, September 9, until the evening. Arriva buses will continue to use Blyth bus depot with bus stops moved to Bridge Street, near the library.
In Prudhoe, the road in front of the Leisure Centre, Stonyflat Bank will be closed from midnight to 2pm on Thursday, September 10, for the start of Stage 5. Station Road and South Road will be open till 10am and diversions will be in place in and around the town allowing residents access to routes including the A695.
On race days, cars must not be parked anywhere that causes an obstruction on the routes, areas of parking restrictions will be clearly marked – any such vehicles or obstructions may be removed to allow the race to proceed safely.
Schoolchildren will be given the opportunity to take part in closed road recreational rides ahead of the riders reaching Blyth at the end of Stage 4 and before they leave Prudhoe on Stage 5.
Northumberland County Council has worked with sponsors Northumbrian Water and race organisers SweetSpot to bring the race to the county.
Riders taking part include Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Road closure details – Wednesday, September 9
Cornhill: Arrival time 12.30pm. The race will cross the River Tweed at Coldstream (A698) heading to Cornhill turning south onto the A697 via the roundabout towards Wooler. The race will leave the A697 at Crookham via the B6353 heading towards Ford Village.
Ford: Arrival time 12.40pm. The race will follow through the village on the B6353 towards Lowick where it will turn right on to the B6525 towards Doddington and pass through Doddington heading towards Wooler. The race will leave the B6525 turning south on to the A697 towards Wooler. A full road closure will be in place in Ford from the junction of the B6354/B6353 to the junction of the B6353/B6525 between 12pm and 1.30pm to protect spectators during the King of the Mountains stage. Full parking restrictions will also be in place in Ford village.
Wooler: Arrival time 1.05pm. The race will pass through Wooler on the A697 heading south towards Morpeth, leaving the A697 at Wooperton on to the B6346 towards Eglingham. A full road closure will be in place on the A697 from Wooler to the junction of the B6346 between 12.45pm and 1.55pm.
Eglingham: Arrival time 1.30pm. The race will follow through the village on the B6346 towards Alnwick, where it will turn left on to Hinding Lane towards the B6341. The race will then turn right onto the B6341 towards the Broomhouse roundabout. The race will leave the at the Broomhouse roundabout then on to The Peth and into Alnwick.
Alnwick: Arrival time 1.45pm: The race will follow through the town from The Peth, in front of the Castle, through Narrowgate, Bondgate Within, Bondgate Without, past the hospital to the Oaks Hotel roundabout where the race will exit Alnwick on the A1068 and continue via the A1068 towards Lesbury/Hipsburn. A full road closure will be in place from the junction of Hinding Lane B6346 to the junction of the A1068 at the Oaks Hotel roundabout between 1pm and 2.30pm.
Full parking restrictions will be in place from The Peth to the Tower between Bondgate Within and Bondgate Without from 12.01am to 2.30pm.
Lesbury/Hipsburn A1068: Arrival time 1.55pm. The race will arrive on the outskirts of Lesbury via the A1068 and cross the River Aln bridge continuing on to Hipsburn then on towards Warkworth. A full road closure will be in place from the Hipsburn roundabout to Amble on the A1068 between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Warkworth: Arrival time 2pm. The race will follow through the village from the north crossing the River Coquet then onto Bridge Street, Castle Street, around Warkworth Castle exiting the village in the direction of Amble turning left on to Beal Bank. Full parking restrictions will be in place on Bridge Street, Castle Street and to the Beal Bank junction from 12.01am to 3pm.
Amble: Arrival time 2.05pm. The race will follow through the town from Warkworth on the A1068 towards Widdrington Village.
Widdrington Village/Cresswell/Ellington: Arrival time at Widdrington Village, 2.20pm. The race will leave the A1068, turning left at the Widdrington Inn roundabout towards Druridge Bay and then on to Cresswell village then turning right towards Ellington. The race will arrive in Ellington at approx 2.30pm turning left at The Plough Inn, onto Ashington Road then on to the A1068 towards Ashington turning left at Potland roundabout on to the A189 past the QE2 Country Park then turning right at the Woodhorn Museum roundabout then right again at the Woodhorn roundabout on to the A197 Rotary Way towards Ashington.
A full road closure will be in place from Widdrington Village to Ellington between 2pm and 3.45pm.
Ashington: Arrival time 2.40pm. The race will continue on the A197 northern relief road then turning left on to the A1068 heading south to Sheepwash Bank then on towards Guidepost roundabout. A full road closure will be in place from the A189 Woodhorn roundabout to the A1068, Sheepwash Bank junction.
Guidepost/Bedlington: Arrival time 2.55pm. The race will follow through the towns from the north in the direction of Hartford Bridge via Guidepost and Bedlington on the A1068. The race will leave Bedlington via Hartford Road continuing on to the A1068 bearing left at Hartford Bridge towards Cramlington.
Cramlington: Arrival time 3.05pm. The race will continue south along the A1068, turning left on to the A1172 towards Cramlington Railway Station, following on to the B1326 turning left on to Northumbrian Road and then right onto Durham Road. It continues across Shankhouse roundabout and on to the A1061 Laverock Hall Road passing under the A189. Then right at Laverock Hall roundabout on to the A192 towards Seaton Delaval.
Seaton Delaval/Seaton Sluice: Arrival time 3.15pm. The race will follow through the village from the A192 Astley Road, where it will continue to the Avenue Head roundabout turning left on to the A190 The Avenue heading towards Seaton Delaval Hall and Seaton Sluice. The race will turn left at Fountain Head roundabout on to the A193 heading north to Blyth. A full road closure will be in place from the Seaton Delaval roundabout A190 along the A193 to Blyth Waterloo Road (B1328) between 1pm and 4pm. Full parking restrictions will be in place on this stretch of road for the duration of the full road closure.
Blyth: Arrival time 3.25pm. The race will head into Blyth from the south on the A193 Links Road following through the town on Rotary Way, Broadway and Renwick Road before turning right on to the B1328 Waterloo Road. The race will finish in Blyth at approx 4.15pm on Waterloo Road. A full road closure will be in place on Waterloo Road and Keel Row Car Park from 12.01am to 11.59pm on Wednesday, September 9, for the purposes of the build of the finish infrastructure from 4am. Full parking restrictions will be in place on Waterloo Road, Thoroton Street, Bowes Street and Regent Street, Seaforth Street and the Keel Row Car Park will closed for public parking for the duration of the road closure.
Thursday, September 10
Prudhoe/Stocksfield: The build of the start infrastructure will commence at 4am on the B6395. Race teams will be using the highway for parking from 7am on the B6395. The race start time at Prudhoe Waterworld is 10.45am heading towards Hexham on the B6395, then turning left and following on to the A695 towards Stocksfield then on to Riding Mill towards Hexham crossing the A68 Broomhaugh roundabout. A full road closure will be in place on the B6395 from the east junction of the A695 (Prudhoe Bypass) during the following times;- 12.01am until 2pm – east junction off the A695 to the traffic lights at Station Road B6395 for the purposes of building the start infrastructure from 4am – and 9.30am until 12pm – from the traffic lights at Station Road B6395 to the junction with the west junction A695. Full parking restrictions will be in place on the full length of the B6395 for the duration of both road closures. A temporary suspension of the one-way restriction on Tyne View Terrace will be in place for the duration of the road closure. A parking suspension will also be in place on the permitted parking bays to allow for two-way traffic.
Riding Mill: Arrival time 11.20am. The race will follow through the village from the A68, heading west towards Hexham along the A695.
Hexham: Arrival time 11.30am. The race will follow through the town from Corbridge Road A695 passing Hexham General Hospital and continuing over the roundabouts on to the B6305 Priestpopple, Battle Hill, Hencotes and turning left on to the Allendale Road at the traffic lights towards Lowgate. A full road closure will be in place from Dean Street to Whetstone Bridge Road between 11am and 12pm. Full parking restrictions will be in place on this stretch of road for the duration of the road closure.
Hexham to Haydon Bridge: The race will leave Hexham on the B6305 Allendale Road, past Lowgate heading towards Allendale and will continue on this road bearing right at Branch End Farm then continuing until its junction with the B6295 at Langley crossroads, turning right then right again at its junction with the A686 heading towards Haydon Bridge.
Haydon Bridge: Arrival time 11.55am. The race will turn left off the A686 down and under the A69 towards Shaftoe Street and John Martin Street. It will then turn left onto Ratcliffe Road crossing over the River Tyne and then right onto the B6319 heading onto North Bank and on to Hadrian’s Wall. A full road closure will be in place from both the east and west bound junctions of the A69 into the village to Walltown Quarry on the B6318 between 10.30am and 1pm. Full parking restrictions will be in place on Shaftoe Street and John Martin Street, Church Street and North Bank between 9am and 12pm.
Hadrian’s Wall: Arrival time 12.05pm. The race will head towards Hadrian’s Wall crossing over the Stanegate at Grindon Crossroads continuing on until reaching the B6318 junction and turning left onto Hadrians Wall. The race will continue to travel along the B6318 towards Greenhead. A full road closure will be in place from Walltown Quarry to Greenhead on B6318 between 11.45am and 1pm. Full parking restrictions will be in place on this stretch of road for the duration of the road closure.
Greenhead/Gilsland: Arrival time 12.30pm. The race will turn right in Greenhead remaining on to the B6318 and heading towards Gilsland. The race will leave Gilsland at 12:40 crossing over the border and into Cumbria.
The restriction contained in the County Council of Northumberland (One Way Traffic Prudhoe) Order 1964 will be suspended for the duration of this Order. The Order is to be effective on September 9 and September 10.
This order includes but does not specify any undisclosed contingency routes that the Tour of Britain has identified to be used in case of emergency. The Order has been requested by Northumberland County Council in order to facilitate the Tour of Britain safely.