Residents in Cumbria are encouraged to plan ahead and check road closures before they travel to any NHS appointment on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September 2018 as the Tour of Britain cycling event makes its way through Cumbria.
Excitement is building in the run up to this great sporting event, though it will mean disruption on the roads as closures are put in place around the route and the roads are expected to be much busier due to the influx of spectators.
On Friday 7 September stage six of the race will begin in Barrow at 11:00am and will end at Whinlatter Pass at approximately 3:30pm. Due to the start of the race being in Barrow Town Centre, there will be full road closures from Thursday 6 September with rolling road closures also occurring outside the town centre along the route.
Access to all NHS services on the route will be maintained at all times although some diversions may be in place.
Patients are therefore advised to check details of the road closures by visiting the Tour of Britain website and allow extra time when travelling to and from NHS appointments. Some car parks will be affected so please check before you travel.
During the event expert health advice and immediate treatment will be available from local pharmacists, or if you need urgent care during the Tour of Britain and aren’t sure which service you need, you can call NHS 111 and they will be able to refer you to the most appropriate service.
You can also find the most appropriate local NHS service by logging onto www.nhs.uk.
Don’t forget, if you are heading out to support the cyclists during the Tour of Britain, remember to drink plenty of water and dress sensibly while you are enjoying the event.
Such a fantastic sporting event in the local area can serve as real inspiration to take up cycling yourself – and while we encourage this to be the case, we must remind people to wear the appropriate protective clothing, including a cycling helmet.
More information can be found on the official race website including a list of estimated arrival times: https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/stages/