PLAN ahead and have a great Tour, that is the message to people along the East Coast, as details are announced of which roads will be affected by the Tour de Yorkshire.

The aim is to keep disruption to a minimum and ensure all road users are kept safe.

Stage one of the race on Friday will see the riders leaving Bridlington at noon, bound south to Filey before making their way to Pickering via East Ayton, Hackness and Dalby Forest.

The race heads north through Rosedale before heading east along the Esk Valley to Whitby. Once through Whitby the race heads through Robin Hood’s Bay, then south to Scarborough, finishing on the seafront at about 4.30pm.

In Whitby, there will be road closures around the harbour area. Closures will be in place on Friday from noon to 5pm in New Quay Road, Whitby Swing Bridge, Bridge Street and Church Street.

The rest of the race route will be closed under the rolling road closures and will be closed for about an hour.

Visitors to Whitby are encouraged to use the Park and Ride service, or use the pay and display car parks at The Abbey Headland and West Cliff. Parking restrictions will be in place and spectators are asked not to park on the route.

There may be queuing traffic on the A171 and A169 approaches to Whitby, as a result of the rolling road closures. Motorists are asked to use additional caution on the approaches to theses area and allow additional time for their journeys. Roadside signs will be going up along the route during this week.

Some roads will be closed in Scarborough today to allow for the installation of race infrastructure and there are likely to be delays in and around the town centre. Every effort will be made to reopen the roads as soon as it is safe to do so.

Park-and-ride services and other bus services may be disrupted as result of the town centre closures.

“This is a fantastic event which builds on last year’s Tour de France, and once again the benefits to North Yorkshire will be enormous, both in the immediate term and the longer term,” said Councillor John Weighell, leader of North Yorkshire County Council.

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