Grand Départ of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
13th June 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
For the third time in race history, Suffolk will host the Grand Départ of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. After a year’s absence from the event, the East Anglian county will welcome the world’s best riders for a largely flat 130-kilometre leg between Framlingham and Southwold.
The opening stage of the 2018 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will start right here in Framlingham and finish in neighbouring Southwold. Full info HERE
Travel advice ahead of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
East Suffolk residents and visitors are being advised of road closures and parking restrictions to accommodate the OVO Energy Women’s Tour taking place in June.
On Wednesday 13 June, some of the world’s best cyclists will arrive in east Suffolk for the opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. The ‘Grand Depart’ of this hugely prestigious race gets underway in Framlingham with Stage One following a 129km route through Suffolk – heading to Woodbridge, Ipswich and Stowmarket, before finishing at North Parade in Southwold.
In order to accommodate spectators, finish area apparatus and convoy vehicles, it is necessary to have temporary road closures and suspend on street parking on some roads in east Suffolk.
In a joint statement, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure and Cllr Michael Ladd, Waveney District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the OVO Energy Women’s Tour back to our region once again. This popular event brings many visitors to east Suffolk and provides a real boost to the local economy and although there may be a small amount of disruption in some areas, we hope that local communities will show their support for this incredible sporting spectacle.”
Effective between 00:01 and 18:00 on 13 June, the following roads will be closed and on-street parking suspended on:
- North Parade
- Marlborough Road (from Pier Avenue to junction of North Parade)
- Dunwich Road
- Field Stile Road (from North Parade to Marlborough Road)
Between 1pm and 3pm, Pier Avenue will also be closed.
In addition, on-street parking will also be suspended from 00:01 until 12:00 on the following roads:
- A1095 Halesworth Road (from the junction with Lakeside Park Drive to Pier Avenue)
- Pier Avenue
- North Parade
- Field Stile Road
- Marlborough Road
- North Road
- Dunwich Road
Additional parking will be available at Millennium Green Car Park, with the Pier car park open in the morning.
Effective between 00:01 and 12:00 on 13 June, the following roads will be closed and on-street parking suspended on:
- Bridge Street (from Riverside to Market Hill)
- Market Hill
- Church Street
- Castle Street
On street parking will also be suspended from 00:01 until 12:00 on Wednesday 13 June on:
- Fore Street
- College Road (from Vyces to Well Close Square)
- Well Close Square
Between 08:00am and 14:00, it will be necessary to suspend on street parking on the following roads within Wickham Market:
- Dallinghoo Road – Broad Road to B1438 High Street
- B1078 High Street – Access Road from B1078 Wickham Bridge to Dallinghoo Road (Market Hill)
Between 08:00am and 14:00, it will be necessary to suspend on street parking on the following roads within Woodbridge:
- Melton Road
- Melton Hill
From the afternoon of Tuesday 12 June, ‘no waiting’ cones and signing will be positioned in areas where these on street parking restrictions apply. Residents are asked to ensure that any vehicles are removed from the affected roads before the restrictions apply. Any vehicle left parked on any of these roads may be removed to an alternative location away from the route.
Advanced warning signs will be put into place along the route ahead of the event and residents living in affected streets will shortly receive a letter detailing how they could be affected.
Maps of the affected roads are available at eastsuffolk.gov.uk/cycling-in-east-suffolk. Residents are also advised to check the Stage One route at www.womenstour.co.uk and plan travel accordingly.