The thrills, colour, spectacle and excitement of the Tour de Yorkshire is now just over a week away - and race fever is beginning to build.
Tour de France winner and Olympic hero Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead the field of top class cyclists into Doncaster on Saturday, April 30, when racegoers will be able to enjoy a feast of sporting action as well as scores of other attractions and entertainment.
But residents are also warned of road disruptions and closures - so we’re giving you advance warning of what will be happening ahead of the race and on race day itself so you’re prepared for the biggest sporting spectacular of the year.
The event is expected to attract people in their thousands, either to view the race along the route or to enjoy the many attractions at the Fan Zone, an action- packed family extravaganza on Town Fields, off Bennetthorpe.
As it’s such a massive event, it’s inevitable that there will be some disruption on the roads.
Doncaster Council is working with event delivery partners and local communities to minimise this disruption and ensure businesses, residents, spectators and others affected by the event have the information they need to plan their journeys well in advance.
A spokesman said: “The main advice is, if possible, please use a range of public transport options on the day and avoid driving when the race will be coming through.
“If you have to drive, please ensure you plan ahead, be familiar with the race timings, consider re-timing your journey and allow more time to complete your journey.”
To help residents plan, Doncaster Council has developed a dedicated webpage packed with travel information to aid journey planning to and from Doncaster during the event.
Full details are available at Tour de Yorkshire Traffic and Travel.
Details of which roads will be closed and when, the best places to park in the town centre, how to access park and ride schemes and links to bus services can all be found on the page alongside useful maps and race times.
There will also be regular social media updates in the run up to and on the day on Twitter and Facebook @MyDoncaster @TDYDoncaster.
As the Tour de Yorkshire comes through Doncaster, there will be a ‘rolling road closure’ along the route and these are due to start 30-40 minutes before the race passes through.
Certain key parts of the route will have road closures that last the entire day including Bennetthorpe and South Parade.
This is to allow for community-organised events and larger crowds in key areas:
From 6pm on Friday 29 April, Bennetthorpe and South Parade will close and remain closed until 9pm on Saturday 30 April.
From 7am Saturday, Low Road, Conisbrough A6023 to Denaby Main wil l close. Diversion via Hilltop, Old Road
Cadeby Road and Main Street closed at Sprotbrough including Mill Lane between Nursery Lane up to junction with Doncaster Road (A630)
The southbound exit slip at J36 A1M (Warmsworth) will be closed and drivers are advised to use other junctions to reach Doncaster.
Motorists travelling to the evening race meeting are advised to come off at Doncaster at J4 of the M18 and avoid J3.
ROLLING ROAD CLOSURES
Please check the projected timings for the Ladies and Men’s races along the route at Tour de Yorkshire Traffic and Travel.
The roads will be closed 30-40 minutes prior and 30-40 minutes after the riders and the convoy of vehicles have passed through.
Also bear in mind that critical junctions around the network will take time to recover so again, please plan journeys around key race times and avoid the route if possible.
And look out for the Tour de Yorkshire road signs which are going up across the borough.
Pre-planned emergency access points will allow emergency services to get to all areas of Doncaster without delay.
Diverted traffic and the popularity of the Tour will result in roads being busier than usual, and public transport options are very much encouraged on the day.
Bus services will be able to take you across the borough, while certain prime spots on the route such as Conisbrough Castle can be accessed easily by rail.
Check before you travel and plan ahead where possible.
Some disruption to bus services will be expected as they will be affected by the 30-40 minute rolling road closures.
Visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/tdytravel, where you will find a link through to journey planning tools and disruption information on the Travel South Yorkshire website www.travelsouthyorkshire.com, or follow Travel South Yorkshire on
Twitter @TSYalerts for transport updates on the day.
If you choose to come into town by car, check which car parks will be available before you travel as some will be taken up by race officials.
There will be around 7,500 car parking spaces available in 14 car parks in the town including Doncaster School for the Deaf and the Keepmoat Stadium.
Alternatively, take advantage of the Park and Ride services available on Tour de Yorkshire Saturday. The pre-existing services at Parrot’s Corner, Carcroft and White Rose Way will have extended opening hours of 7am-9pm.
There will be additional services operating from Chappell Drive West via the Racecourse Shuttle bus.
The 101 bus will leave the Frenchgate interchange every 15 minutes from 2.30pm and stops at Chapel Drive, Market Road, East Laithgate, Thorne Road and Town Moor which is then a short walk to the Fan Zone, on Town Field at Bennetthorpe.
People travelling to Doncaster/Sheffield airport are advised to use Great Yorkshire Way but bear in mind rolling road closure will be in place on Bawtry Road for two periods during the day.