As we enter the final countdown to the arrival of Le Tour de France on Monday 7th July, you are being encouraged to get ready for the momentous day.
Hosting the world's greatest cycling event brings big challenges such as road closures, extra visitors and changes to bus services. But if you plan ahead you can ensure you have a great time.
The map on the Cambridgeshire website .... www Cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 shows the route the race will take, so you can decide where you could watch the riders. To see more information about which roads will be affected, and the stewarded pedestrian crossing points please also visit the website.
Given the large scale nature of the event and the road closures in the city centre, Drummer Street bus station will be inaccessible. To ensure bus services can continue and get a close to the centre as possible, a bus hub will be created at the railway station in the south of Cambridge . In the north, buses will be stopping at Maids Causeway, Mitcham's Corner and Queesn's Road.
The bus operators are looking to run services as close to the normal timetable as possible this includes normal start times for Park and Ride services, but they are conscious that demand for buses will be high.
Again, the full details of the changes are available at : www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3 and via bus operators.
With the race starting at 12.15 pm, the roads on and connected to the route in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire will be closed at the following times :
Roads closed - From Sunday 6th July, 5.30pm
Regent Terrace, Gonville Place and Parkside.
Roads closed - From Monday 7th July, 4am
Regent Street, St Andrew's Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street, Magdalene Street, Short Street, Kings Parade, Trumpington Street, Park Terrace, Parker Street, Emmanuel Road, Victoria Avenue, Drummer Street and Emmanuel Street.
Roads closed - From Monday 7th July, 7am
Trumpington Road, Jesus Lane, Lensfield Road, Hills Road ( between Regent Street and Station Road ) and the A1301 Sawston Bypass.
These road closures will remain in place until 3pm when a phasing re opening will begin. The last roads in the heart of Cambridge are expected to be open by 6pm.
With Lensfield Road and Jesus Lane remaining open until 7am, it allows early access to the Grand Arcade and Park Street car parks. Anyone using these car parks do so in the knowledge they will only be able to leave once the respective road closures are lifted.
With a global TV audience of 3.5 billion, the Tour de France is the world's largest annual sporting event. Stages 1 & 2 of this years event will take place in Yorkshire, before stage 3 begins by Parkers Piece in Cambridge. The Peloton will then ride through the historic city centre via Regents Street and Sidney Street before turning left at the round church.
The riders will then travel past the worlds famous colleges of St John's, Trinity and Kings as they cycle along King's Parade and Trumpington Street before leaving the city via the A1134.
The Peloton will then race through to Saffron Walden via the A1301 taking in the beautiful villages in the south of the county including Great Shelford, Hinxton and Ickleton.
After the tour leaves Cambridgeshire, it travels through Essex towards London to finish on The Mall in front of Buckinghamp Palace.
You can watch the race from anywhere along the route, but we anticipate Cambridge city centre to be very busy very early, if you intend to travel into the city on race day, we encourage you to plan ahead.
The race starts approximately 12.15pm on Gonville Place but there will be activity on Parkers Piece from 8.30am, where as part of the 'Big Weekend' there will be a Cycling Village, French Market and big screen to show the race as it unfolds on its way to London. In addition Cambridge Arts Picturehouse are also planning on screening the race along with some cycling related short films. please see the cinema's own website for more details.
Ahead of the race there will be a carnival procession which will begin at 10.15am. The procession will follow the race and takes about 45 minutes during which sponsors and supporters will be handing out a whole host of race related goodies to spectators.