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Road Closures & Travel Information

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.

We understand and appreciate that the Tour de France Grand Départ may cause some challenges but with forward planning please be assured that we aim to minimise disruption.  Share this information with friends, family and employees, plan ahead, sign up to receive latest information by emailing granddepartleeds@leeds.gov.uk
and above all, enjoy the Tour de France Grand Départ.

City Centre to Regent Street

• Through movements in the city centre will not be permitted and very limited access from the Inner Ring Road (A58M motorway section) will be available.
• The Headrow and Eastgate will be closed from just after midnight on Friday 4 July until apprx 3pm on Saturday 5 July. This will mean that through and cross movements that would ordinarily use these roads will not be available from then.
• The roads around Millennium Square will be closed to traffic from midnight.
• On-street parking on Calverley Street, Great George Street, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Percival Street, Portland Crescent and Portland Gate will be suspended from 5am Friday 4 July. The rest of the route needs to be clear from 7pm on Friday night.
• Roads in the city centre will re-open by 3pm on Saturday 5 July.

Regent Street to to A6120 Leeds Ring Road

• On Saturday 5 July the A61 from Regent Street to the A6120 Ring Road will be closed from 4.30am until apprx 3pm on Saturday 5 July. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 3pm.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 7pm on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the road closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 4.30am risk being towed away.
• The southbound carriageway of the A61 will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.
• The A6120 Ring Road will be closed both ways at the junction with the A61 whilst the road closures are in operation.
• Business at Nortech Close (at Sheepscar) will have access available only from Roundhay Road with egress via a revoked one way and back to Roundhay Road.

A6120 Leeds Ring Road to Harewood

• The A61 from the A6120 Ring Road to Wyke Lane will be closed from 6.30am to allow access for car parking to the Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 4.30am).
• The A61 from Wyke Lane to Harewood Bridge will be closed from 4.30am. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 3pm.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along this section of the race route from 7pm on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 4.30am risk being towed away.
• In respect of the section of Harrogate Road between Alwoodley Lane and the A6120 Ring Road, the southbound carriageway will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.

Harewood House to the Bradford border on the A660

• The A659 will be closed from its junction with the A61 Harrogate Road through Arthington, Pool-in Wharfdale and Otley (via Ilkley Road) and then the A660 from Bradford Road towards Burley in Wharfedale from 5am.
• From 5am the following roads will be closed: Weardley Lane; the A659 from its junction with the A61 Harrogate road through Arthington, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Otley to the old Ilkley Road; the old Ilkley Road from the A659 to the A660 and the A660 from the Bradford Road Roundabout to the Bradford boundary and beyond to facilitate the race.
• Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 3pm.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 7pm on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 5am risk being towed away.
• In Pool-in-Wharfedale the A658 Main Street will remain open until approximately 8am on Saturday 5 July to provide access to the spectator car parking. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed.
• In Otley Kirkgate, Manor Square and Courthouse Street will also close for the set-up of the Spectator Hub at 5am. Access across the race route will be maintained via Crossgate and Wesley Street until approximately 8am. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed. The roads closed for the Spectator Hub in the centre of Otley will remain closed until 8pm at the latest. Residents on Ilkley Road will be provided with alternative parking in the Wharfebank Business Centre.

Additional Parking Prohibitions

The requirement to ensure that traffic can flow towards the race route and other spectator points, means that there will be additional prohibitions on parking. The roads where there will be parking restrictions are shown in the list below.
  • Buslingthorpe Lane - the whole
  • Savile Mount - the whole
  • Potternewton Lane - the whole
  • Stainbeck Lane - Stainbeck Road to Harrogate Road
  • King Lane - Stonegate Road to Harrogate Road
  • Street Lane - Stonegate Road to Harrogate Road
  • Stonegate Road - Street Lane to Harrogate Road
  • A6120 Ring Road - King Lane to Park Lane
  • Alwoodley Lane - Sandmoor Lane to Harrogate Road
  • Wigton Lane - Harrogate Road to Manor House Lane
  • A659 Otley Road - Weardley Lane to A61 Harrogate Road
  • King Lane - Alwoodley Lane to Arthington Road
  • Eccup Lane - King Lane to Weardley Lane
  • Weardley Lane - Eccup Lane to Harewood Entrance
  • Arthington Road - King Lane to Blackhill Road
  • Blackhill Road - the whole
  • Kings Road - A660 Leeds Road to Arthington Road
  • Creskeld Lane - Creskeld Drive to A659 Arthington Lane
  • A658 Pool Bank New Road - the whole
  • Old Pool Bank - the whole
  • A658 Harrogate Road - Main Street to Castley Lane
  • Crow Lane - the whole
  • Side Copse - Crow Lane to Bremner Street
  • Bremner Street - Side Copse to Southern End
  • Crossgate - the whole
  • Wesley Street - the whole
  • North Parade Wesley Street to Cattle Market Street
  • Cattle Market Street - the whole
  • Bridge Street - Cattle Market Street to Billams Hill
  • West Busk Lane - the whole
  • Duncan Avenue - the whole
  • Westbourne Grove - the whole

Pedestrians

Pedestrian access will be available after the roads close through stewarded crossing points, while access along the route will be possible for those walking up to 30 minutes before the publicity caravan arrives, which is around two hours before the race itself.

Park and Ride

Park and ride will be in operation from Elland Road and Temple Newsam from 5.30am to 8pm offering regular loop services into the city centre. Parking will be free. Adult return fare £3 (to include three children under 16). Concessions £2 (unaccompanied children, disabled people, blind and persons of a pensionable age).

Trains

Many train companies will be running extra services or adding additional carriages to provide more space for regular passengers and spectators alike. Journey details available on individual train company websites www.northernrail.org, www.wymetro.com and National Rail enquiries www.nationalrail.co.uk

Buses

Most buses will be running but there will be some alterations and cancellations due to road closures for the race. Full details at http://www.wymetro.com/news/tour_de_france/

Cycling

​Cycling to the race is expected to be popular with the route itself on stages one and two able to be accessed by cyclists after the roads are closed and up to approximately 30 minutes before the promotional caravan arrives.

Additional cycle parking will be available in Leeds city centre at Oxford Row, Bond Court, Queens Square and New York Street.

Alternatively, why not drive to Thwaite Mills, Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP and cycle into the city centre along the towpath. Secure, manned car park £5 per car to include entry into a raffle for free family ticket to Thwaite Mills and Armley Mills Museums.
Additional cycling parking will also be available at the spectator hubs at Scott Hall Playing Fields, Otley and Pool in Wharfedale.
Spectators are encouraged to use these facilities, rather than keeping their bicycles with them to ease crowd congestion.

Disabled Parking

Each of the Spectator Hubs in Leeds at Scott Hall Playing Fields, Otley, Pool in Wharfedale and the Harewood Estate will feature dedicated viewing areas for disabled people with associated car parking and toilet facilities.

There will also be viewing for disabled people near to the start line in Leeds city centre with associated car parking and toilet facilities. This will need to be pre-booked. If you are interested in watching from here please email granddepartleeds@leeds.gov.uk

I’m bringing a group/coach party to Leeds, where can we park?

Arrangement for Coaches to Leeds City Centre on Saturday 5 July for Tour de France Grand Départ.
Coach drop off for Leeds City Centre will be Little Queen Street (53.797672,-1.555013) where passengers will be met by Tour Makers who will direct them to the city centre – approximately 10 minute walk.
Coaches can then layover at Elland Road Park and Ride (53.778042,-1.570030). The site will be open from 5.30am to 8pm. Pre-booked coach parking at Elland Road will be £20 per coach or £40 per coach on the day.
Bookings can be made by telephoning 0113 395 0050 Monday to Friday 08.30am – 5.00pm.
Little Queen Street will also be the pick-up point.
Travel directions to Little Queen Street will be provided.
Please remember to arrive early. The publicity caravan is due to leave Leeds city centre at 9am and the riders at 11am.
There will be no road closures in Leeds on Friday 4 July and normal coach drop-off points will be in operation – see map in documents section.
Details of road closures, including maps, are listed in the road closures section.