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Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix elite cycle road race in Wilton on 4 May 2014 – your questions answered

When and where is the Cycle Wiltshire event happening?
The Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix elite cycle road race is taking place in and around Wilton on Sunday 4 May 2014. This event forms part of British Cycling’s National Road Race Series. In addition there will be a number of leisure cycling events for everyone to take part in from beginners and families to enthusiast riders being held at Five Rivers Leisure Centre on Saturday 3 May.

The Cycle Wiltshire Grand Prix will start and finish in Wilton Market Place.

What will the impact be on Wilton?
The road race will start and finish in Wilton Market Place. The race will pass through the town 10 times – along West and South Street. Cycle racing is very fast moving and spectacular to watch. 100 of the best riders in the country will take part and will be competing on a rolling closed road. Police escort motorbikes will stop traffic on the route as the riders pass. The race will take around five to ten minutes to pass each point so delays will be short. In the centre of Wilton the Market Place will host the start and finish and therefore will be closed from Saturday evening until Sunday evening, alternative routes will be available.

We anticipate the Market Place to be busy so pedestrian barriers will be in place to ensure the safety of riders and spectators.

What time will the race start and finish?
The race will start at 11am on Sunday 4 May and finish around 3pm.

What opportunities are there for my business to get involved / benefit from the event?
There are sponsorship and advertising opportunities available for the event from Wiltshire Council. Subject to availability these include branding on the winners podium, race barriers and adverts in the race day programme.
It is expected that around 1-2,000 additional visitors will be attracted to Wilton and across the route. Many of these visitors will wish to eat, drink and shop in Wilton before, after and during the race.

Will roads be closed?
Yes – Temporary road closures will come into force on Sunday 4 May 2014 from 5am until 8pm and will affect:

• North Street (Part), Wilton; from its junction with A30 Silver Street/ C63 South Street to its junction with Russell Street.
• Market Place, Wilton; from its junction with North Street to its junctions with Kingsbury Square and A30 Silver Street these will be effective between the hours.

In addition there will be a “rolling” road closure along the route to allow the race to be conducted safely. The rolling road closure on the elite cycle route will be effective between the hours of 10am until 6pm (as rolling road closures).

What impact will the race have on public transport?
Wilts and Dorset buses have been notified about the race and the closure of the Market Place and adjacent roads. They will be making alternative arrangements and will announce these in due course.
There will also be AA advisory signs placed in the area to both facilitate access for visitors and direct other traffic around the area.

Can I park on the closed section of road?
Parking on the closed roads will not be allowed.

What other parking restrictions will be in place?
Parking restrictions will be effective from 5pm Saturday 3 May 2014 and will remain in place until 6pm on Sunday 4 May 2014. This is for North Street (Part), Wilton (northbound side of highway adjacent to the Pharmacy); from its junction with A30 West Street/Silver Street in a northerly direction to its junction with Russell Street.

Parking restrictions will be effective between 6am until – 4pm on Sunday 4 May 2014 – this is for the C63 South Street (Part), Wilton (both sides of highway); from its junction with A30 West Street/Silver Street in a southerly direction to its junction with C325 Burcombe Lane. A30 West Street (Part), Wilton (both sides of highway); from its junction with C63 South Street in a westerly direction to its junction with Florence Mews. A30 Shaftesbury Road (Part), Wilton (eastbound side of highway adjacent Bell Inn); from its junction with C10 Water Ditchampton for a distance of approximately 450 metres in a westerly direction.

These temporary traffic measures are required to safeguard members of the public and competitors.

How will I get to my property when the road is closed?
All property will be accessible by foot, and outside of the road closure areas there will be no restrictions to access.

Can I visit the shops in the closed section of road?
Yes, by foot.

What access will there be for people living and working on the roads that are closed?
All properties will be accessible by foot.

What about access for emergency services and/or care visits?
Emergency services will have full access throughout the event. We would ask that carers requiring access make alternative arrangements for parking and allow extra time.
Will parking be restricted on and near the route outside of Wilton?
The only parking formal restrictions will be in Wilton however we encourage the public and spectators alike to park sensibly respecting both residents and the needs of other road users, including the race.

Will alternative parking be made available?
The Park and Ride will be open – there are no other arrangements for parking.

Will business deliveries be able to go ahead?
All access to property on the roads closed will be by foot only. Access on South Street and West Street will be restricted by the “rolling” road closures and no parking will be allowed in the designated areas.

Where can I watch and do I need a ticket?
No tickets are required for the event. Spectators can watch the race from any location on the route. The route will pass through Wilton Market Place and Barford St Martin ten times, through Broadchalke and Bishopstone six times, and through Burcombe four times. Fovant Hill will be a popular vantage point.

For more information please visit www.cyclewiltshire.com or contact Tamzin Earley on 01722 434641 or email tamzin.earley@wiltshire.gov.uk

To get a flavour of the race view action from the 2011 race on this video.


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