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Spectator Info – City of Newport

Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain finishes outside the University of South Wales’ city campus on Usk Way, The City of Newport on Sunday 2 September.

Stage One of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain finishes outside the University of South Wales’ city campus on Usk Way, The City of Newport on Sunday 2 September.

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

For people travelling to The City of Newport for the finish, please consider:

Bike: There are four National Cycle Network routes in Newport:

– Route 4 and Route 47 form part of the Celtic Trail.

Route 46 forms part of the proposed Heads of the Valleys route along the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Route 88 is the route from Newport city centre to Caerleon, a mainly level, riverside route, linking up the centre of Newport with Malpas, the Roman fortress at Caerleon and leading on to countryside around the Celtic Manor Resort, the Vale of Usk and Wentwood. Maps designed for cyclists are available from Sustrans or download the Newport and Caerleon route.

Find an interactive cycling map of south east Wales with information of local places to stay and what to see.

Rail: Newport Train Station is located on Queensway and is just a short walk through the city centre to the finish location.  Newport is served by fast and frequent train services on the Newport to Manchester line and from Bristol, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Gloucester and the south west of England. For times and fares contact National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 or visit their website to plan your journey.

Bus: Traveline Cymru is the public transport information service for Wales covering bus and train travel. Call 0300 200 2233 for timetable and journey planning information (calls are charged at a local rate).

Road: Newport has excellent road links with easy access to city centre car parks:

– From Bristol on the M4 westbound – take M4 exit 25A before the Brynglas tunnels on to A4042 and follow signs for city centre.

– From Cardiff on the M4 eastbound – take M4 exit 26 before the Brynglas tunnels on to A4051 and follow signs for city centre.

Car Parking: Due to its location on the stage route, Friars Walk car park will be closed to the public.

However, Park Square and other pay and display car parks not affected by road closures will be open. For further information on where to park and prices visit www.newport.gov.uk/parking

On the day, special cycle parking will be available in The Wave area of Kutaisi Walk for cyclists riding into the city to view the event.

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

Kingsway, Usk Way (from Dolphin Street to East Dock Road): from early morning until late evening on Sunday 2 September.

Access will be given to residents of Alexandra Gate until early afternoon when a closure will be in place from Frederick Street to the Harlequin roundabout.

Rolling road closures will be in place for most of the route with roads temporarily classified as clearways, meaning that no parking is permitted along the road.

Notices on street lighting columns will indicate these areas and police will monitor the route throughout the day.

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 SportFenwicks, Festina, Dare 2bSoreenYodelWNTFoxhillsRisi Bici Café Deli and Wahoo Fitness.

Newport has a wide selection of accommodation offerings in the city, from five-star hotels to AirBnB rentals.  Further information is available in our Newport Accommodation leaflet which can be found on our website at www.newport.gov.uk/visiting.

Newport and the surrounding area boasts quality restaurants and a wide variety of cuisines. Just a few yards from the finishing line is Friars Walk, Newport’s newest shopping centre, which has a number of restaurants whatever your taste.  The city centre itself also offers a range of eateries. Please visit our detailed website to help plan your visit on Sunday 2 September!

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