People coming to Barnstaple on Monday, September 3 are being warned to leave plenty of time for their journeys when the Tour of Britain comes to town.

The Tour of Britain 2018 North Devon stage route for Monday, September 3, 2018.The Tour of Britain 2018 North Devon stage route for Monday, September 3, 2018.

The race will pass through Barnstaple just after 1pm before heading out towards Snapper and Bratton Fleming, before the cyclists return at around 3pm for the big finish on The Strand.

In 2012, when Barnstaple held the stage start, more than 220,000 spectators watched the Devon Stage live.

Devon County Council has said there will be numerous road closures and suspension of parking on some roads in the afternoon.

Organisers are working hard to keep road closures to a minimum but there will be some disruption and delays, particularly between 1.30pm and 4pm, in and around Barnstaple.

The closures will limit access to some businesses and properties.

It is recommended that people walk, cycle or use public transport on the day if possible. If you are driving please leave plenty of time and ensure you plan your journey to take account of the road closures and parking suspensions.

Hourly train services are running from Exeter Central and regular bus services are running to and from the town.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, county member with responsibility for cycling said: “The Tour gives Devon a massive boost, with the last two Devon Stages injecting an extra £11m into the local economy.

“And, as in 2012 when Barnstaple held the stage start, the town will be one of the communities that will benefit the most.

“Businesses in Barnstaple are recommended to reschedule deliveries where possible to and those attending medical or business appointments should plan their travel arrangements.

“If you are a hotelier or holiday accommodation provider in the area, please ensure your guests are aware of the event.

“Please plan your journey and allow extra time for travelling.”

Councillor Rodney Cann at North Devon Council added: “This is a prestigious event and we are delighted to welcome it to North Devon.

“It will undoubtedly give a boost to our local economy and encourage more people to get on their bikes and stay healthy. “There will be some road closures on the day, and this may impact waste and recycling collections for those residents who live along the route.

“We will take what measures we can to avoid disruption to collections and we will update our website with instructions for residents as we get closer to the race day.”

To help plan your journey further details of local road closures can be found at https://www.devontourofbritain.co.uk/road-closures/