Town Centre Road Closures

Why are we closing roads for Wallingford Festival of Cycling on Sunday 8 July 2018?

We are closing 8 roads in Wallingford town centre to ensure a car free, safe town centre cycling circuit for the following events:

  • Criterium races – top cyclist will be racing several laps during a specific time period and those completing the most laps will be the winners.
  • The first ever Wheels for All inclusive bike ride
  • The Penny Farthing race
  • The family fancy dress ride
  • The community ride that is open for anyone with a bike to join us for a few laps around the circuit
  • The crazy soapbox challenge will take place on Wallingford bridge
Which roads will be affected?
  • The road crossing Wallingford bridge from the traffic lights on the Crowmarsh side to the High Street (between Thames St and St Martin’s St)
  • St Martin’s Street
  • St Mary’s Street
  • St Leonard’s Square
  • New Road between St Mary’s Street and Wood Street
  • Wood Street
  • St Peter’s Street
  • Thames Street
Why are there barriers in front of my driveway before the road closures starts? Can I move them?

The affected roads will have barriers positioned alongside the roads to ensure the safety of the cyclists.

These barriers will be placed in position earlier than the start of the races due to the time it takes to put them in place, we apologies for any inconvenience this is causing.

Before 12.30 pm on Sunday 8 July – we ask that you will please make sure to replace the barriers if you need to move them for access in and out of your property.

From 12.30 pm on Sunday 8 July – please do not move these barriers to leave your property by car without supervision of a traffic marshal as this could cause serious accidents with fast racing cyclists.

When exactly will the roads be closed?

Sunday 8 July 2018, from 11 am – 8 pm.

Can I leave my property at all during Sunday 8 July 2018?

Yes you can! Road closures and limited access only applies to the following times below and special requirements can be made with the organisers before the event toaccommodate your travel plans on the day (see the next question):

From 11 am – 12.30 pm
We are offering residents on affected roads access to and from their properties.

From 1.45 pm – 6.10 pm
Limited access for residents to prevent any collisions between racing cyclist and cars.

To help you with your travel plans on Sunday 8 July during these times, please call us before the event on 01491 528900.

From 6.10 pm – 6.40 pm
No access to the road crossing Wallingford bridge from the traffic lights on the Crowmarsh side to the High Street (between Thames St and St Martin’s St) due to the first ever Wallingford Soap Box Challenge taking place on Wallingford Bridge.

From 6.10 pm and 8 pm
We are offering residents on affected roads access to and from their properties as there will be no more races taking place in the town centre.

However, Wallingford Bridge will be closed for the Wallingford Soap Box challenge – do take this in consideration when leaving or returning to your property.

What to do on the day in case of an emergency or if you have a prior arrangement outside of Wallingford involving you to drive your car?

Special arrangements can be made with the organisers before Sunday 8 July 2018 or with the professional traffic marshals on the day. To make arrangements before the day and for emergencies on the day, please call: 01491528900.

Cyclist safety and medical emergencies will take priority!