Commuters working in Leeds city centre have been warned of the impact on rush-hour traffic due to the Tour de France riders’ parade tonight.

All 198 of the riders taking part in the race will be parading through the city centre from just after 6pm as they make their way to the official Opening Ceremony Team Presentation at Leeds Arena.            



The parade will give fans the chance to see all of the riders in action two days before the Grand Depart begins for real on The Headrow in Leeds on Saturday morning.

The riders will follow a route from the university into the city centre along Calverley Street before crossing Millennium Square, heading up Upper Cookridge Street before crossing Clay Pit Lane and turning right onto Merrion Way before a final left turn takes them into the Leeds Arena.

In order to stage the parade, a number of road closures and parking restrictions will be in place in Leeds.

These closures are expected to have a significant impact on commuter traffic, especially for the evening rush hour. Buses will be diverted around the main closures on Woodhouse Lane, and where possible those in the city centre are advised and requested to remain and enjoy the event.

Additional road closures and restrictions for the parade have been announced today. These affect Lovell Park Road and Wade Lane.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: "We recognise this is a working day and given the time of the event it will cause disruption to people’s journeys home from work.

"I would ask please for people to be patient and understand this is very much a special one-off, and if possible I would advise staying in the city centre and joining in the fun as it really will be something to see and be part of."

NAME OF ROAD EXTENT OF ROAD AFFECTED
   
Clarendon Way The Whole
Willow Terrace Road The Whole
Calverley Street (southbound) between Clarendon Way and Great George Street
Portland Gate The Whole
Cookridge Street Between Portland Gate and Woodhouse Lane
Woodhouse Lane At its junction with Clay Pit Lane
Clay Pit Lane (south-west bound) Between the Inner Ring Road and Woodhouse Lane
Merrion Way The Whole
Elmwood Close The Whole
Lovell Park Road Between Grafton Street and Merrion Way (6.15pm-9pm)
Wade Lane Northbound
   
   
ADDITIONAL ROAD CLOSURES TO FACILITATE THE MOVEMENT OF THE PUBLICITY CARAVAN (as a rolling road closure)  
   
NAME OF ROAD EXTENT OF ROAD AFFECTED
   
Castle Street The Whole
Lisbon Street The Whole
Wellington Street Between Queen Street and West Street
West Street Between Wellington Street and Park Lane
Park Lane Between West Street and Hanover Way
Hanover Way The whole
Woodhouse Square The Whole
Clarendon Road The Whole
Woodhouse Lane Between Clarendon Road and Hyde Park Road
Rampart Road Between Woodhouse Lane and Cathcart Street
   
SUSPENSION OF PARKING PLACES &/OR INTRODUCTION OF NO WAITING, LOADING OR UNLOADING AT ANY TIME  
   
NAME OF ROAD EXTENT OF ROAD AFFECTED
   
Calverley St The Whole
Portland Crescent The Whole
Portland Gate The Whole
Cookridge Street The Whole
Clarendon Way The Whole
Willow Terrace Road The Whole
Merrion Way The Whole
Lovell Park Road Between Grafton Street and Lovell Park Hill
Wade Lane The Whole

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