Be ready for the grand prix

Date: 28/07/2014

Wakefield Council is reminding residents about road closures during the Pontefract Grand Prix next month.

The event which takes place on Sunday August 10 and welcomes some of the country's elite cycle racers will be racing around Pontefract Town Centre between 11am and 4pm with many road closures on the day starting from 6am till 4pm.

During this period residents are advised to follow diversions and avoid certain roads including Beastfair, Cornmarket, Shoe Market, Salter Row, Church Lane, Bridge Street, Wool Market, Gillygate, Market Place, Ropergate and Valley Road. Southgate and Jublilee way will be partially open with the turn from Wakefield Road to Southgate closed.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport said: "This exciting race will bring all sorts of nail biting cycling drama to Pontefract town centre, but we want to make sure residents and businesses know that certain roads will be closed for most of the day.

"We are advising everyone to follow diversion routes signposted on the day as well as setting off in plenty of time to reach their desired destinations as delays will be inevitable."

The race which is in partnership with British Cycling and HARIBO Beacon Cycling Team will be sponsored by public services provider Amey. Various top professional teams will take part in the race including Youth races, Women's and Men's 234 races, and Mens elite races will race around the town past a crowd of excited spectators. Members of the public are also invited to ride their bikes during a break over the lunch period in a safe and traffic free environment.

Mike Dickinson, Operations Manager for Amey's street lighting service in Wakefield said: "We are delighted to be sponsoring this fantastic race – especially after the huge success of the Tour De France and are looking forward to seeing many people at the crowd lines."

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