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News Release - Issued by City of York Council

Gear up for the Tour de Yorkshire

City of York Council is reminding residents and visitors to plan ahead for Saturday 2 May when stage two of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire will finish in the city.

Stage two of the Tour de Yorkshire will see riders setting off from Selby, racing through the East Riding of Yorkshire before making their way to York. The peloton will enter York from the A166 before taking on two and a half laps of a 20km finishing circuit which will take the riders on a circuit from Murton near the A64 to the finish line on Knavesmire Road. The finish is expected to be between 3.30 and 4pm.

A professional women’s race will cover five laps of the same 20km finishing circuit in the morning, with the race starting at 11am on Knavesmire Road. This will give people another great chance to see world class cycling in York.

Residents are advised that the route will be closed from 8am on Saturday 2 May until approximately 5pm, or as soon as possible after the race has finished. During the time that the roads are closed there will be no access for vehicles to properties either adjacent to or on the race route itself. This will also include streets within the race circuit area or connected to the route that can not be accessed from elsewhere.

Anyone who is planning to travel on Saturday 2 May will need to ensure that they have parked their vehicle in an area where they can access the remaining open road network. No vehicles will be allowed to drive on or across the race route after road closures are in place. Residents are also advised to pass this information to anyone intending to visit them during the weekend.

A large proportion of local bus routes will be operating on diversion on Saturday 2May. A majority of services will call at one of the two ‘Bus Hubs’ located at Fawcett street (near the Barbican Centre) and York Station/ Station Road.

For further information about the Tour de Yorkshire in York, please visit To get help on travelling around York in advance, or on the day, use the online i-Travel York journey planner at


Notes to Editors
The council’s five key priorities for 2011-2015 are:
• Create jobs and grow the economy
• Get York moving
• Build strong communities
• Protect vulnerable people
• Protect the environment

For further information please contact:
Chris Day
Communications & Media Assistant
City of York Council
Tel: 01904 551927
Fax: 01904 551064
Mob/out of hours: 07767318082