The Womens Cycling Tour Stage 1 – Grand Depart

Just when we thought it was safe ! Monday 6th June 2022 brings more temporary road closures ! as, we now find ourselves on the route of The Women’s Tour Stage 1 – Grand Départ with the same international women’s cyclists that will be coming through the village on Friday 27th May but this time they will be racing from Colchester to Bury St Edmunds, 142 Kilometres (88.2miles)

Road closures will start from 10.45am with the event beginning at 11am with as it is termed a neutralised start (roads not suitable for race conditions) setting off from Colchester Sports Park, off junction 28 of the A12. This will then run via North Station, North Hill, High Street, Queens Street, Southway, Maldon Road then onto Boadicea Way. The race officially starts when they turn right out of Boadicea Way onto Layer Road in the direction of Layer de la Haye.

I have attached a sheet below showing full timings together with route map(s) but to summarise the impact to the village :-

Just before 11am, from the junction with Boadicea Way & Layer Road the following roads and all adjoining side roads will be closed to traffic. The arrival time of cyclists at check points on the route are shown in the brackets.

Junction Boadicea Way & Layer Road (11.20am) double mini roundabouts by Kent Blaxhill B1026 (11.22am) heading towards Layer de la Haye passing along Layer Road, High Road to the Cross Roads by the Fox Pub (11.26am) Cyclists turn left into Malting Green Road, then onto Abberton Road (11.28am) leaving the village via Abberton Road towards Abberton where the route will turn right at the crossroads onto B0125 Colchester Road(11.33am) towards Mersea. It is anticipated that the roads will start re-opening again on a rolling basis from 11.30am.

It will cause disruption to travel including public transport so now is the time to check schedules for appointments etc that might need to be rearranged.

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