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Salisbury Cycle Tour Series

The OVO Energy Tour Series comes to Salisbury on Thursday May 31

As part of the recovery programme for Salisbury, the city will be hosting the exciting finals of the elite OVO Energy Tour Series cycling on Thursday May 31. 

Wiltshire Council and Salisbury City Council are supporting the event, which will take place in Wiltshire for the first time as part of the Salisbury recovery programme. The event is free to attend and sees the prestigious tour reach its exciting climax, when the men's and women's teams race for victory after competing in eight previous rounds in different cities. Riders compete as teams with each competitor riding the circuit, and the winner is the team with the shortest cumulative lap time.

The races will start and finish in Blue Boar Row with the teams' compound in the Market Square, close to the Guildhall, where the podium will be sited. 

There will be lots going on before the races with plenty of fun, family activities going on in the city to make it a day out for everyone.  

What you need to know

  • From 11am: Street food and refreshments
  • From 1pm: Music and live entertainment in the city centre, have a go on an adapted bike, face painting, children's activities, arts and crafts
  • 5pm: Race introductions and build up 
  • 6pm-6.45pm: Women's team races 
  • 8pm-9.15pm: Men's team races

FAQs for spectators and visitors

Family activities will take place between 13:00 and 16.45.  The elite cycling programme commences at 17:00 with the introductions of the Women’s teams, who will then warm up on the circuit.  The Women’s race will start at 18:00 and will last for 45 minutes.  Presentations will take place at approx. 18.55.  The Men’s team introductions will be from 7pm, followed by a warm up on the circuit and the race starting at 20:00.  The Men’s race will last for one hour before it culminates in 5 sprint laps. Presentations will be at 21:30 approx.

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The main hub of the event is in the Guildhall Square where the additional activities will take place, the Market Square where the tour buses and riders will park and warm up, with the Start/Finish straight on Blue Boar Row. The 1.2km circuit will run anti-clockwise from the start on Blue Boar Row to Minister Street, Silver Street, High Street, New Canal, turning right down Catherine Street, left into Ivy Street, left into Brown Street and left into Winchester Street returning to Blue Boar Row to finish the lap.

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All Salisbury Park and Ride sites will be open late (last collection at approximately 23:00) and will be free. The drop off point will be at Castle Street adjacent to the Milford Hall Hotel, whilst the pick up will be at the Millstream Approach Coach Park, off Castle Street. Disabled parking is available in the underground area of the Maltings Car Park, or at Shopmobility.

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The Tour Series is the UK’s biggest and most prestigious televised cycle race series for men and women, with a unique team based format. First held in 2009, the series attracts top cyclists - including Olympic and World Champions - to compete across 8 circuit races held in town and city centres across Britain each May.

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Nothing! It is free of charge for spectators. The circuit-based nature of the Tour Series also means fans get to see the riders pass by numerous times during each race!

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You can watch the race at any point on the circuit. The circuit will be barriered on both sides, but 11 pedestrian crossing points will be set up around the circuit enabling access to and from all areas. The pedestrian crossing points are shown on the map at the end of this document.

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The following roads will be closed from 09:00 to facilitate the set-up of the start/finish area.

  • Blue Boar Row
  • Queen Street
  • Endless Street (between Blue Boar Row and Chipper Lane)

The remaining roads on the circuit will be closed from 13:00 to enable the full race infrastructure to be safely put into place during the afternoon.

  • Minster Street
  • Silver Street
  • High Street (excludes the pedestrian section)
  • New Canal
  • Catherine Street
  • Ivy Street*
  • Brown Street** (excludes Brown St. south of Trinity Street/Ivy Street)
  • Winchester Street (excludes Winchester Street east of Rollestone St.

*Ivy Street: Access for vehicles travelling along New Street via Ivy Street will be retained for as long as possible prior to 16.45 so that large vehicles can exit Churchfields Industrial Estate.   Once the closure takes effect this route will then be managed by Road Traffic Marshals with the one-way system on St. John’s Street suspended.

**Brown St: Access and egress for residents and businesses only will be retained along Brown Street from Winchester Street to Ivy Street between 13:00 and 16:45.

Access only for businesses and residents at the St. Anne’s Street/southern end of Brown St. (ie White Hart Hotel), will be retained via Trinity Street throughout the event.

At 16.45 all streets on the race circuit will be fully closed.

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Parking bays

Parking suspensions for the parking, loading and disabled bays will be in force from 06:00 to 23.59 in the following streets:

  • Minster Street
  • Silver Street
  • New Canal
  • Catherine Street
  • Ivy Street
  • Brown Street (excludes Brown St. south of Trinity Street/Ivy Street)
  • Winchester Street (excludes Winchester Street east of Rollestone St.)
  • Milford Street from Pennyfarthing Street to Brown Street
  • Castle Street, (Blue Boar Row end)
  • Endless Street from Blue Boar Row to Chipper Lane
  • Queen Street

Car parks

  • Brown Street Car Parks (east and west) will be closed from 13:00.
  • Millstream Approach Car Park will be suspended from 06:00 to accommodate the bus arrangements
  • Alternative parking is available in Culver Street Car Park and Central Car Park. (Revised parking arrangements come into force on Monday 14 May, with free parking in the Wiltshire Council Car Parks only available after 12:00 on Mondays to Fridays).

We advocate that all visitors and residents make use of the free Park and Ride sites, or Central and Culver Street Car Parks, Salisbury Reds buses, or cycle/walk and avoid driving across the city centre as delays will be inevitable.

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Salisbury has a range of accommodation and places to eat. More information can be found at Visit Wiltshire.

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Yes, a Paramedic Ambulance will be situated in the Guildhall Square with St. John’s Ambulance first aiders on hand at points around the circuit.

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  • The public toilets in the Market Place and Central Car Park will be open until 22:00.
  • The toilets at Millstream Approach Coach Park will be open until 23:00.
  • The toilets at the Park and Ride sites will open until the last departure 23:15 approx.
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FAQs for residents

As soon as the roads close as detailed above, you will not be able to access/egress from your parking space.  The only exception to this is for businesses/residents along Brown Street, which will be accessible until 16:45.  From 16:45, access/egress to any parking allocation along the circuit will not be possible until both the women’s and men’s races have finished and the roads are declared safe to operate.  This may not be until 23:59. Please use alternative parking in Culver Street, or Central Car Parks during the time the circuit is closed, if you need to access your car during this period.

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Traffic diversions will be in place from 09:00 as a result of the Blue Boar Row closure.  Cars entering the city via Castle Street will be diverted along Scots Lane, Endless Street, Salt Lane, St Edmunds Church Street, Gigant Street, Love Lane, St Ann’s Street and Exeter Street.

Once the circuit closes a two-way traffic system will be put in at the junction of New Street and St John’s Street for the duration of the race.

Cars entering Fisherton Street will be diverted to Summerlock Approach and across Central Car Park.

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Salisbury Reds and Wheelers buses and Park and Ride buses will drop passengers off at Castle Street near the Milford Hall Hotel and collect passengers from Millstream Approach Coach Park.

  • Bus stops along Blue Boar Row and Endless St. will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 09:00
  • All remaining bus stops will be diverted to Castle Street/Millstream Approach at 12:50
  • Park and Ride buses will continue operating until 23:00 approx. 
  • The taxi ranks will be diverted to Malthouse Lane. 
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Tamzin Earley Funding and events Officer, Wiltshire Council: tamzin.earley@wiltshire.gov.uk; 07824 414507

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FAQs for businesses

Your business can support this event by displaying event promotional material and mentioning it to your customers. Why not attend the event with work colleagues and experience this free, fast and colourful event.  Why not stay open later than usual.  The Tour Series could attract 5,000+ spectators to the event.

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We have endeavoured to keep the disruption that will naturally be caused by road closures to a minimum.  It is essential that the circuit is safe for the organisers to set up. It is feasible to manage business/resident access/egress to Brown St for a longer period before this part of the circuit needs to close for all traffic. Ordinarily other cities operate a full day’s closure of their roads to enable this event to take place, which we are avoiding.

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If you are due to have your waste collected on Thursday 31 May, it is essential that you contact Lynne Davies at Salisbury City Council on 01722 342860 to discuss any issues and requirements. Collections will have normal access on Wednesday 30 May and Friday 1 June.

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eliveries to businesses on the race circuit will be viable until the specific roads are closed as detailed above. As soon as the roads are closed, deliveries will not be possible.  Again, the only exception to this is Brown St. but delivery vehicles must have left the race circuit by 16.45 at the absolute latest.  Deliveries on the Market Square can be made until 10:00 as per the usual delivery timeframe.

It would be helpful if any Market Square businesses that are expecting a delivery on the 31 May notify Tamzin Earley, tamzin.earley@wiltshire.gov.uk, so that we can issue you with an access permit, as this will be controlled by a Traffic Marshall at Scots Lane.

To avoid any potential delays/issues, it may be best if deliveries were not scheduled for the 31 May. 

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Blue Light Services will be able to access any location around the route at any time for an emergency. If access becomes necessary during the race, the race will be stopped immediately.

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The race route

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Last updated: 14 May 2018 | Last reviewed: 14 May 2018