Gloucestershire: Road Repairs Ahead Of Tour Of Britain

As the world's top cyclists get set to saddle up for this year's Tour of Britain, Gloucestershire County Council has started preparations of its own.

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Despite the route and its condition being given the seal of approval by Tour of Britain officials, the county council has carried out its own detailed inspection, to ensure a smooth and safe experience for riders and spectators alike. This has been led by an experienced member of the safety inspection team who is also a keen cyclist. 

Like the rest of the county, the route is already maintained to national safety standards, however further work to fix and patch potholes at more than thirty locations will be completed in time for the tour to make its way through the county from 10th September. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said: ''We are delighted to be part of this year's Tour of Britain. The highways team have taken great pride in ensuring Gloucestershire roads are safe for riders. 

''We are really looking forward to welcoming the cyclists to the county. We hope that major events like this will visit Gloucestershire again and that residents and visitors will continue to choose cycling as a form of leisure and transport within our beautiful county.'' 

The 2014 Friends Life Tour of Britain takes place from Sunday 7th to Sunday 14th September, and includes nine stages over eight days of racing. Stage four, will see the team's cycle through the county, beginning in Winchcombe, through Cheltenham, Painswick, Stroud and Nailsworth, before going through South Gloucestershire. Rolling road closures will be in place throughout the tour to minimise disruption and to keep spectators safe. 

Updates will be posted via social media @GlosCC and @GlosRoads and on the website. 

Locations for repair:

Painswick Road, Stroud A40 London Road Six Ways to A435 Holy Apostles, Cheltenham Gloucester Street, Winchcombe Haw Street, Wotton-Under-edge Bath Road, Woodchester Old Town, Wooton-Under-Edge Charlton Kings Footpath 5, Cheltenham Mill Lane, Charlton Kings Cheltenham Road, Winchcombe 3/104 Ford to Toddington Whiteway Hill to Old, London Road, Bowcott Bridge Street, Nailsworth Fountain Street, Nailsworth Horsley Hill, Horsley Cheltenham Road, Winchcombe Horlsey Hill, Horsley Eros Close, Lightpill Stroud Road, Painswick Culverhay, Wotton-Under-Edge The Street to A4135, Nupend Wotton Road to County Boundary, Kingswood The Street to A4135, Nupend Painswick Road, Stroud Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham Bath Road, Inchbrook Old Town, Wooton-Under-Edge B4077 The Pheasant Inn Stanway to War Memorial, Stanway The Street to A4135, Nupend London Road, Charlton Kings Stroud Road, Birdlip A46 Saltridge Hill to Bisley Street, Painswick Painswick Road, Stroud Stroud Road, Birdlip Delancey Crescent, Cheltenham 3/104 Ford to Toddington

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