Wakefield ready to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire
Wakefield Council is getting ready to welcome the Tour de Yorkshire back to the district next week, which will also showcase local artistic talent for the first time.
On Friday 3 May, Stage 2 of the men's race and Stage 1 of the women's race will both pass through parts of the district as they ride from Barnsley to Bedale.
To minimise disruption, rolling road closures are being put in place during both races instead of full closures. They will come into effect approximately 15 minutes before the races pass through and are likely to last approximately 45 minutes.
The first stage of the women's race is expected to enter Notton at around 9.25am and leave Castleford at around 10am, based on a 9am start at Barnsley.
The second stage of the men's race is expected to enter Notton at around 3pm and leave Castleford at around 3.30pm, based on a 2.45pm start at Barnsley.
It has also been confirmed that the exit slip roads of Junction 32 of the M62 are expected to be closed from approximately 9.40am until 10.25am, and from 3.15pm until 4pm. The closures are being facilitated by Highways England on behalf of Welcome to Yorkshire.
Residents should also be aware of some slight adjustments to waste collection times. Ryhill residents whose bins are due to be emptied on Friday 3 May should make sure they put their bin out the night before the race, and leave it out for longer if it hasn't been emptied, as bin collections may be earlier or later than usual.
The Council is also advising people who may be planning on visiting Pontefract Crematorium and Garden of Remembrance, or Ryhill Cemetery, on Friday 3 May that it may be best to do so between 11am and 1pm to avoid being affected by additional traffic or the rolling road closures.
This year Wakefield Council has commissioned local artist Michael Hirst to produce land art near to Pontefract Castle as a special addition to the race.
The land art will be located on the junction of Southgate and North Baileygate, and will celebrate the castle's history and heritage as the 'Key to the North' while also commemorating the Tour de Yorkshire travelling past the historic site for the third time in four years.
The cyclists will enter the Wakefield district at Notton and travel through Havercroft and Ryhill towards Nostell Priory, before heading along the B6428 into Purston Jaglin and Featherstone.
The riders will turn right towards Pontefract, travelling through Town End junction along the A645 and turning left at North Baileygate before following Monkhill Lane and Spittal Hardwick Lane into Airedale.
Once in Airedale, the cyclists will head to Redhill Drive, Queen's Park Drive and Ferrybridge Road before arriving on Bridge Street, travelling over Lock Lane Bridge and out of the district towards Allerton Bywater.
The Tour de Yorkshire race is organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), in association with British Cycling.
To keep up to date with all the latest information about the Tour de Yorkshire, visit www.letouryorkshire.com and more information will also be published at www.wakefield.gov.uk/tdy
The Tour de Yorkshire will once again pass through Pontefract