Find out where and when the Tour of Britain will be passing through Suffolk next week


Suffolk will welcome the return of Britain’s biggest professional bike race with Stage 6 due to take place in Suffolk on Friday 8 September 2017.

OVOToBNext Friday some of the world’s elite riders will be racing through Suffolk as part of the prestigious Tour of Britain.

To ensure safety for riders and spectators, road closures and a number of parking restrictions will be in place across the county as the tour heads along the 187km route from Newmarket to Aldeburgh on September 8.

In Newmarket, High Street will be closed between Dullingham Road and Bury Road and The Avenue will be closed from High Street to Queensberry Road. These closures will accommodate spectators, start area apparatus and convoy vehicles.

And in order to provide a suitable diversion for High Street, there will be parking restrictions along the following roads:

  • All Saints Road – from Old Station Road to Granary Road
  • Granary Road
  • Green Road – from Granary Road to The Avenue

There will be suspensions of on street parking in the following locations along the race route, for safety reasons:

  • High Street, Ixworth – between Bury Road and The Landridge
  • Ixworth Road, Walsham le Willows – 100 metres prior to the Summer Road junction
  • The Street, Walsham le Willows
  • Finningham Road, Walsham le Williows – between The Street and Clay Street
  • B1117 Magdalen Street, Eye – from the Eye poultry entrance to Castle Street
  • Castle Street, Eye – from Magdalen Street to Lowgate Street
  • New Street, Stradbroke – from Woodfields to Doctors Lane
  • College Road, Framlingham – from Vyces Road to the Well Close Quare roundabout
  • Bridge Street, Framlingham – from the Well Close Square roundabout to Market Hill
  • Church Street, Framlingham – between Market Hill and Castle Street
  • Castle Street, Framlingham – from Church Street to the B1119 Fore Street
  • Fore Street, Framlingham – from Castle Street to Station Road
  • Dallinghoo Road, Wickham Market – from Broad Road to B1438 High Street
  • B1078 High Street, Wickham Market – along the Access Road from B1078 Wickham Bridge to Dallinghoo Road (Market Hill)
  • Broad Street, Wickham Market – between Dallinghoo Road to the Little Lane junction
  • The Street, Tuddenham St Martin – between Fynn Lane and High Street
  • B1438 Melton Road, Woodbridge/Melton – between Lime Kiln Quay and A1152 Wilford Bridge Road
  • Waterloo Avenue, Leiston – between St Margarets Crescent and Station Road

In Aldeburgh, High Street (between Park Road and Wentworth Road), Crabbe Street, Crag Path, King Street, Alde Lane, Market Cross Place, Victoria Road (between Market Cross Place and High Street) and all side roads between High Street and Crag Path, will be closed.

There will also be on-street parking suspensions along Wentworth Road, Thorpe Road (between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness) and Leiston Road (from the roundabout to Crag Fit Nurseries).

All of the above road closures and parking restrictions will apply between 11.30pm on Thursday 7 September and 12 midnight on Friday 8 September, however, every effort will be made by the traffic management team to lift parking suspensions and closures as soon as possible after the race has passed through.

There is one additional closure in Aldeburgh, along Victoria Road, between the roundabout and High Street), between 1.30pm and 4pm on 8 September to accommodate the race as it comes through to the finish line.

All vehicles will need to have left the areas ahead of the suspensions being put in place. Those in all areas affected by the closures and parking suspensions have been informed of alternative parking. Advanced signage will also be in place along the route.

Download details provided by the Tour of Britain (PDF) of:

  • the estimated times riders are expected to make their way along the route, providing the ideal planner for supporters to cheer on their favourites
  • when the rolling road block will be making its way across the county – around 10/15 minutes before the time indicated in the ‘100%’ column.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, said:

“The Tour of Britain is a fantastic sporting event – if you’re fortunate enough for the race to pass your street, it’s free to spectate and a great opportunity to get involved in an elite sporting event.

“It will no doubt act as an inspiration to many and I believe this race will lead to us seeing more people getting active as a result.

“These events are few and far between and it is a real treat to see Suffolk host an entire stage. We understand some inconvenience may be caused with the road closures and parking restrictions, but these are required to bring such an event to the county. I hope as many people get out and support this event as it is a real chance to showcase the best of Suffolk to the world.”

Councillor TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal District Council's Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:

“We’d like to thank residents and businesses affected by the road closures and parking suspensions for their support so far.

“While we apologise for any inconvenience, the road closures are necessary to ensure the safety of the riders and spectators of this prestigious event and we’d like to reassure people that there will be access to emergency vehicles throughout Aldeburgh during the Tour.

“We’re encouraging residents to plan their journeys ahead to avoid disruption on the day. We hope that by hosting a stage of the Tour of Britain it will continue to boost the local economy and attract visitors to the area.”

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