Changes planned as big race arrives - The Evesham Observer

Changes planned as big race arrives

Evesham Editorial 8th Sep, 2019   0

BRITAIN’S biggest cycling race will mean road closures and changes to rubbish collections in Pershore as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain 2019 comes to town.

Up to 120 of the world’s best cyclists are set to ride through Pershore and more than 5,000 spectators are expected to flock to the town centre for stage six of the race which will start at 1pm on Thursday (September 12).

The stage will see riders tackle a 14.5km individual time trial which will start and finish on Broad Street and pass through Little Comberton and Bricklehampton.

To accommodate the start and finish line gantry, barriers, hospitality, podium and all the team vehicles, road closures will be in place to all traffic.

Town motorists are being advised the High Street and Bridge Street will be closed from the Cherry Orchard junciton to the Pensham Hill junction from 9.30am to 6pm and roadside parking will be suspended from 7am to 6pm.

Traffic will not be able to travel through the town centre. Access will be available to frontages in Head Street, Priest Lane, Cherry Orchard and King Georges Way via Worcester Road and Station Road.

The High Street entrance to ASDA car park, opposite Church Street, will be closed from 10pm on Wednesday (September 11) and approximately 40 spaces in the car park will be suspended.

Broad Street and Church Walk will be closed from 5am to 7pm on Thursday but from 5pm northbound traffic will be able to travel up Bridge Street, access Broad Street and exit via Defford Road.

Church Street and Church Row will be closed from 9.30am to 6pm. To ease congestion on Priest Lane, roadside parking will be suspended from the High Street junction to St Agatha’s Close.

Abbey Road and Newlands will remain open as normal but two way traffic lights will be in operation at the roundabout from 9.30am to 6pm. Abbey Park car park will be closed and all vehicles must be removed by 7pm on Wednesday (September 11) until 6pm on Thursday.

Residents on Church Walk and Broad Street who have their bins collected on a Thursday will have them collected next Friday (September 13) while all town residents are asked to put their bins out from 5am in order for collections to be completed.

Coun Rob Adams, portfolio holder for Community Engagement, Culture and Sport, said: “The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is the UK’s most prestigious cycle race and we are so proud to host stage six in our wonderful town of Pershore.

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