Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

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Tour of Britain information hubs to keep residents up to speed

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Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 08/09/2019 - Cycling - OVO Energy Tour of Britain - Stage 2: Kelso to Kelso, Scotland - The peloton in action.

With the Tour of Britain set to reach its climax on the Island in September, two new online information hubs have been created to keep residents informed about how the race may affect them.

A new Facebook Page www.facebook.com/TourofBritainIOW and a dedicated section of the Isle of Wight Council’s website  www.iow.gov.uk/tourofbritain will both carry information on the race course and estimated race timings as well as advising residents on the best ways to watch the action and enjoy the spectacle.

The sites will also explain what steps residents who live on the route need to do to keep the circuit safe for riders and spectators as race day approaches.

Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “The race organisers have had huge experience in staging Tour of Britain races around the country over many years and have tried and tested traffic management processes in place to ensure the event causes as little impact on the travelling public as possible.

Tour of Britain IOW Route Map

“At the core of the event management is a ‘rolling’ road closure that halts traffic in the previous few minutes before riders pass through and then re-opens as soon as competitors pass by. You can learn more about these rolling closures via this video which is also on the new Facebook and website pages.

“For safety reasons it will also be necessary to create ‘clearways’ which will need to be free of parked cars meaning some residents and visitors without off-road parking will need to make alternative arrangements prior to the race. Details of these clearway areas are also outlined on the website and Facebook pages.

“This is an extraordinary worldwide event for the Isle of Wight, and we want to showcase the Island to a wide audience. We do ask residents and visitors to help us deliver a trouble-free race by helping to keep the roads free of parked cars during the race and road closures.”

There will be further communication with residents in the coming weeks, but the new website page and the Facebook page will be two ways that people can keep up to speed with the latest race information.

Both sites will be updated as and when the latest information becomes available and will also tell residents where they can contact us if they have any comments or questions.

Separate discussions have already been held with parish and town councils and businesses on the route and these will continue.