As this year’s Tour de Yorkshire draws closer, Richmond is gearing up to be proud first-time hosts of the start of Stage 3 of the men’s race on Saturday 5 May.
This year, for the first time, the race takes place over four days - from Thursday 3 May to Sunday 6 May. All of the route on Saturday 5 May and most of the route on Sunday 6 May is in North Yorkshire.
Richmondshire District Council and North Yorkshire County Council are asking everyone to make the most of the race by planning ahead.
There is some specific advice for anyone wanting to watch the start in Richmond on 5 May. The riders will leave the market place at 13:10.
The market place will be closed to vehicles from 06:00 until the evening. During this time, Frenchgate and Millgate will remain open to through traffic only and there will be no parking allowed. The bottom end of the market place (towards Frenchgate/Millgate) will reopen for parking from approximately 14:00 but the top end will remain closed into the evening.
There will be no parking on Newbiggin until approximately 14:00 on the day and vehicles will need to be moved from the area by 22:00 on Friday 4 May. Rosemary Lane will also be closed for access to Newbiggin. Finkle Street and King Street will be closed until all events in the market place are finished.
Spaces will be available in Nuns Close car park, free of charge. Parking in the town centre will be limited, so there will be a ‘park and walk’, with parking at Richmond School, a short walk from the market place.
The rest of the roads on the route in Richmond will be subject to 45 to 60-minute rolling road closures.
There will be a lot happening in the town throughout the weekend including a big screen televising the race, a flag waving and bike parade for children, the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment and the ‘Richmond Rocks’ town party with live music, entertainment and food stalls.
Spectators are encouraged to go to Richmond early and stay for the day, watching the start and enjoying the entertainment through into the evening. Local residents are urged to leave their cars at home and walk in to see the event.