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Spectator Info – Barnstaple

Stage Two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain finishes on The Strand, Barnstaple on Monday 3 September.

Stage Two of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain finishes on The Strand, Barnstaple on Monday 3 September.

Explore the Stage Two map online here, or check out the race timetable here.

ACCESSIBILITY
For people travelling to Barnstaple for the finish, please consider:

Bike: The race is being held on national cycle network route 27 ,which runs along The Strand in Barnstaple. This links directly into Devon’s Tarka Trail, further details of the cycling network can be found here.

Rail: Journeys from Exeter Central Station to Barnstaple take approximately 75 minutes and run on an hourly basis. Fans wishing to see the race finish are advised to board the 11:19 or 12:20 departures. Visit the National Rail website to plan your journey.

Please check the train operators’ cycle policy if you are planning to take your bike on the train.

Bus: The main bus operator is Stagecoach. Services will be running as normal but with some delay due to the required road closures these timetable disruptions will be published on the operator’s websites.

Road: Barnstaple is easily accessible via the A39 (from the north and south) and A361 (from the east).

Car parking: Car parks on Castle Quay, Commercial Road, The Square and Litchdon Street will be fully closed from 17:00 on Sunday 2 September to 21:00 on Monday 3 September.

Cars parks on Cattle Market, Truly Street, North Wak, Paiges Lanes and Fair View will be in operation, albeit with no access in or out between 13:00 and 16:00.

Additional parking is available at Park School Car Park (a 20-minute walk, six-minute cycle or a 10-minute bus ride from the finish area) and Seven Brethren (additional spaces will be made available in this car park and it is an eight-minute walk).

ROAD CLOSURES
Owing to the finish location of Stage Two, a full road closure will be in operation on:

Commercial Road, Castle Quay: from 18:00 on Sunday 2 September to 05:00 on Monday 3 September.

The Strand, Castle Street, North Walk (between Truly Street and Castle Street): from 05:00 to 21:00.

North Walk (to the Pilton Causeway junction), Rolle Street (Braunton Road to the Pilton Causeway junction): from 12:00 to 17:00 – access restrictions apply before and after.

Taw Vale (from Litchdon Street to New Road): from 05:00 to 17:30.

Taw Vale (from Belle Meadow to the Litchdon Street junction): from 12:00 to 16:00.

New Road (from the Victoria Road junction to Taw Vale): from 10:30 to 16:30.

Cross Street, High Street: from 15:00 to 16:00.

Boutport Street, Long Bridge: from 14:00 to 16:00.

TOUR VILLAGE
Don’t forget to visit the Tour Village (located on The Square), offering fans a big screen showing full live coverage of the stage, plus exhibits from our partners OVO EnergySKODAEisbergAdnamsLe ColVittoriaBrotherHIGH5Aqua Blue SportFenwicksFestinaDare 2bSoreenYodelWNTFoxhillsRisi Bici Café Deli and Wahoo Fitness.

WHAT’S ON?
We are advising that spectators arrive as early as possible to secure their spot and soak up the atmosphere, as well as allowing for the increased traffic in and around Barnstaple.

Activities will be taking place on the finishing straight (The Strand) and within the Tour Village (The Square). Activities are expected to take place from 10:00

Featured on the day’s schedule are:

Team coaches arrive (Taw Vale): 12:15 – 12:30 approximately
Race first passes through Barnstaple (Victoria Road): 13:46 approximately
Race finishes: 15:24 approximately

Podium presentations will take place within 15 minutes of the race finish.

SPECTATORS WITH IMPAIRED MOBILITY
There will be a viewing platform for spectators with impaired mobility and their carers next to the finish line. This will be in close to refreshments and toilets facilities. Access to the platform will be via the main pedestrian routes across The Square and The Strand as parking spaces will be made available within the Litchdon Street car park.

Spaces on the platform and within the parking are limited so will need to be booked in advance.  To book a parking and viewing place, please email tourofbritain@devon.gov.uk with the name of person with impaired mobility, Blue Badge number, name of career/assistant and vehicle registration number.

LOCAL AMENITIES
There are plenty of places to stay in beautiful North Devon. For details on accommodation and great days out in North Devon, visit www.northdevon.com.

For full details about the Devon stage of the Tour of Britain, visit www.devontourofbritain.co.uk.

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