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Residents Advised of Road Closures for Tour of Britain

Published Monday, 24 August 2015

One of the biggest sporting events in the UK comes to Ribble Valley and Pendle on Monday, 7 September.

The world’s top cyclists and tens of thousands of spectators look set to descend on the two boroughs for Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain.

Roads in Clitheroe and Colne will be closed during the day and there will be rolling road closures along the 154km route through Ribble Valley and Pendle.

Residents and businesses in the two boroughs are asked to adjust their travel arrangements and appointment systems, and reschedule deliveries, to avoid delays and congestion.

Farmers on the route are asked not to move livestock on the morning of the race, but if livestock movements are unavoidable farmers are asked to consult the ETAs (estimated times of arrival) at Livestock movements will not be possible during rolling road closures.

Farmers are also asked to ensure that none of their livestock stray onto the route, especially on downhill sections where the cyclists will pick up speed.

The race starts in Clitheroe at 11am, where most of the town centre will be closed to traffic.

Road closures will operate from 4am to 1pm in Woone Lane at the Eshton Terrace junction, Castle Street, King Street, King Lane, Church Street, Church Brow, Wellgate, Albion Street and York Street.

Schools and businesses have been informed, and parents are asked to allow extra time for their school run.

Buses will only operate from the Clitheroe Interchange and passengers are advised that bus stops in Wellgate and Lowergate will not be in use until 1pm.

Road closures will be in place on Pendle Hill, the first King of the Mountain, from 8.30am until 11.30am, from the Pendleton junction to the T-junction in the centre of Sabden.

Much of the route in Ribble Valley and Pendle will be subject to rolling road closures. This means that the road will close as soon as the first police vehicle goes past, followed by the peloton (cyclists). It will open again once the last police vehicle passes. The rolling road closures could be in place between 20 minutes and an hour depending on how big a distance there is between riders.

Estimated timings and a route map are available at

Several sections of the route will need to be kept clear of parked cars. Properties and businesses affected will receive notification and yellow warning signs will be in place. Vehicles parked on the route may be removed.

Rolling road closures will also be in place in Pendle, which the race enters at around 1.30pm until about 2.30pm, and again at about 2.45pm for the big finish in Colne at around 3.15pm.

Full road closures will be in place in Colne town centre, Nelson town centre and at the two King of the Mountains locations in Earby and Barley.

Road closures in Colne town centre will be in place from 5am to 9pm from Primet Bridge to the finish line by Santander Bank and on to the Market Street and Keighley Road junction. Several adjoining streets will also be closed all day. Stewards will manage traffic using Lord Street and Queen Street to keep it flowing up to 11am.

Traffic will not be able to access any part of Colne town centre between 5am and 9pm and residents and businesses are asked to adjust their travel arrangements and appointment systems, and reschedule deliveries. Schools and businesses have been informed, and parents are asked to allow extra time for their school run.

Colne bus station will be closed. The Pendle Green Lane bus services 95 and 95A will operate as normal to Venables Avenue, looping Oak Street, Vincent Street and Fern Street, before returning to Nelson. There will be no Pendle Green Lane service into Colne town centre, or Bunkers Hill, or South Valley Drive.

Mainline buses will use Vivary Way and North Valley Road, where there will be temporary bus stops by-passing Colne town centre.

Pendle has two King of the Mountains stages in Earby and Barley. In Earby, Stoney Bank Road will be closed from its junction with Reeval Close to the junction with Old Skipton Road. In Barley, road closures will be in place from The Avenue, along Barley Lane to the Four Lane Ends crossroad at Annel Cross Moor. The closures will be in place from 6am to 3.30pm, but will be managed to allow access for local residents until 11am. There will be no access after 11am. 

The final 8km of the race route will have to be kept free of parked cars. Properties affected are asked to move their vehicles to a side street the night before the race. Yellow warning signs will be in place and vehicles parked on the route on the day of the race may be removed.

There will be no access through Nelson town centre on Manchester Road on race day, although businesses with important deliveries can have access by prior arrangement until 11am.

Stage 2 of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain will see some of the world’s top cyclists, among them Sir Bradley Wiggins, power through 154km of Ribble Valley and Pendle.

The race will start in Clitheroe town centre, completing a clockwise route via the Nick o’ Pendle, Whalley, Longride, Dunsop Bridge and Slaidburn in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before heading into Pendle via Barnoldswick and Earby, then briefly returning to Clitheroe and then on to Whalley for a second time, Nelson and the finish in Colne.

The event will be broadcast internationally by 16 television channels across 139 territories in Europe, Australia and the USA. ITV will screen three hours of live coverage every day and a one-hour highlights programme at night.

Further details, including route maps, timings, spectator zones, road closures and parking restrictions, is available at

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