Tour of Britain is coming to the North East
The Tour of Britain, stage 3, is coming to Northumberland and North Tyneside on 9 September 2019.
It is expected that around 15,000 people will attend the event. Most will live locally, but many will have travelled to the race, staying in hotels across the area. While this is a great opportunity to get involved and celebrate the event, we need to be aware of how this affects our trust and our patients.
We’re encouraging staff, patients and visitors to allow extra time for their journey, to consider using public transport and use alternative routes where appropriate. Please remember to check parking arrangements before you travel. Access to hospitals and services will remain in place at all times.
The race will start at approximately 11.00am at Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed and will finish at around 4.00pm on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre. Most of the route will have rolling road closures in place, but there will be some full road closures at:
- Marygate, Berwick – 4.00am to 2.00pm
- Ford hill climb – 11.00am – 12.15pm
- Belford hill climb 11.45am – 12.30pm
- Seahouses sprint 11.30am – 1.00pm
- Longhoughton hill climb 12.45pm – 1.35pm
- Alnwick town centre 12.30pm – 2.15pm
- A1068 and Warkworth sprint 1.00pm – 2.15pm
- Morpeth town centre 1.45pm – 2.45pm
- Seaton Delaval sprint 1.45pm – 3.15pm
- Newcastle finish 1.30pm – 4.00pm
There will be an extended road closure of Alnwick town centre in place 12.30pm to 2.15pm from the Broomhouse roundabout B6341 through Alnwick and out onto the A1068 to Hipsburn. Between these times, access to Alnwick Infirmary will be by foot only. Blue lights will be able to leave the hospital and processes are in place for women in labour.
A full road closure of the A197 and the A192 will also be in place outside the Morpeth NHS Centre for a period at any time between 1.45pm to 2.45pm for Morpeth town tentre. The closure will end at Castle Bank roundabout
We urge people to use NHS services wisely and only attend A&E in life-threatening emergencies. When in doubt, call 111 for advice. Remember to stay safe, stay hydrated and enjoy the race!
Full route information including maps can be found at www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk