This summer, on Saturday 5 July, Leeds will host the start of the Tour de France. Known as the Grand Départ, it is the official start of the world’s greatest cycle race, the biggest free sporting event in the world and promises to be an unforgettable occasion.
The Grand Départ begins at 11am outside Leeds Art Gallery and heads along The Headrow before joining the A61 and passing through Scott Hall, Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Alwoodley, Harewood, Arthington, Pool in Wharfedale and Otley and then heading into the Yorkshire Dales and ending in Harrogate.
In order for the route to be prepared and the event to take place and conclude safely, the following road closures will be in place from the early hours of Saturday morning:
• City centre to Regent Street - roads closed from midnight on Friday 4 July until approx 3pm on Saturday 5 July
• Regent Street to A6120 Leeds Ring Road - roads closed from 4.30am to approx 3pm
• A6120 Leeds Ring Road to Harewood - roads closed from 4.30am to approx 3pm
• Harewood to A660 Bradford border - roads closed from 5.00am to approx 3pm
There are some variations to these timings, such as the A61 northbound from the A6120 Ring Road will not close until 6.30am to allow access for car parking to the Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 4.30am), and the A658 Main Street at Pool in Wharfedale and Crossgate in Otley remaining open until approximately 8am also to provide access for spectator parking. Roads related to the spectator hub in the centre of Otley are expected to remain closed until 8pm at the latest. These times are all subject to change on the day itself.
Maps showing road closures are available in the Documents section. Please be aware any vehicles left on the race route when the roads are closed risk being towed away.
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and above all, enjoy the Tour de France Grand Départ.