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Tour of Britain

On Friday 8 September 2023 Harlow will host stage 6 of the Tour of Britain - the UK’s leading cycle race.

Tour of Britain peloton (Swpix.com)

The race will start in Southend-on-Sea and arrive in Harlow at around 3.15pm via Water Lane. The race will finish at around 3.30pm along Third Avenue. Times are subject to change.

You can find the stage map and expected timetable on the Tour of Britain website.

On the day, there will need to be temporary road closures in operation along the route.

Most of these closures will be rolling road closures. This means as soon as the bikes in the race have passed, the roads will reopen.

There will be 2 roads as part of the finish route closed for long periods - part of Abercrombie Way and part of Third Avenue, but these will not close access to any residential areas.

The entrances to Northbrooks and Three Horseshoes Road from Third Avenue will also be closed with diversions and local access only signage in place. This will allow access for residents in those areas and to stop vehicles using residential areas as cut throughs.

All closures are likely to delay your journey or affect the route that you would normally make. Instead of driving, please consider cycling or walking if this is possible.

Full list of road closures

The Tour of Britain road closures are (all times listed are approximate and subject to change):

  • Abercrombie Way (between Third Avenue and Pyenest Road) will be closed from 5am to 7pm
  • A1025 Third Avenue (between Haydens Road and Katherines Way roundabout) will be closed from 5am to 7pm
  • B1133 Water Lane will have a rolling road closure starting around 3.15pm
  • Katherine’s Way will have a rolling road closure starting around 3.15pm

For more information, you can view the:

We hope that lots of people will come along to experience this event and line the roads to cheer on the cyclists as they come through the town. 

You can find all the latest information on the event on the Tour of Britain website.

Bus service impact

You can check service disruptions to local buses on route provider's websites:

Feeling inspired

If the Tour of Britain inspires you to take up cycling, you can visit British Cycling's Let's Ride website and be sure to check out Harlow's huge cycle track network on our cycling page.