Campaign to reroute Tour of Britain through Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge pays off

Cycling fan Inspector Chris Chammings, pictured with fellow cycling fan John Potter, mayor of Bradford on Avon, is delighted his campaign to reroute the Tour of Britain through the town and Trowbridge has paid off

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour of Britain in 2013

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The route of the UK’s most prestigious cycle race - won last year by Sir Bradley Wiggins - has been altered due to a successful campaign spearheaded by Inspector Chris Chammings.

Riders were due to skirt around the edges of Bradford on Avon and Trowbridge as part The Tour of Britain on September 12, but they will now go through the centre of both towns.

The sixth stage, from Bath to Hemel Hempstead, will see the world’s elite cyclists race down Bradford’s Market Street, over Town Bridge, along Trowbridge Road, past County Hall in Trowbridge.

It will then pass through the centre of Devizes and Pewsey, before heading towards Hertfordshire.

Cycling enthusiast Insp Chammings said: “It was going to skirt around Bradford on Avon, now it is going through both towns I am in charge of. I am really pleased it is happening.

“I will be going on a test drive of the new route in a few weeks.”

The inspector joined Trowbridge Police Station in March and when he met the mayor of Bradford on Avon, fellow cycling enthusiast John Potter, they were soon discussing the race and the feasibility of it coming through the town.

They worked in partnership with Wiltshire Police, Wiltshire Council and Bradford on Avon Town Council and liaised with race organisers.

Insp Chammings said: “Bradford on Avon is such a classic town for it to go through. It has had a tough year. This is a time to celebrate.

“This race has some of the best riders in the world and it is televised in 106 countries across the world.

“Even if people aren’t interested in cycling I would encourage them to line the streets and watch. It is a colourful spectacle.

“The Tour of Britain brings in the road closures and the policing impact is minimal.”

Insp Chammings also said the Tour of Britain would send out school packages, advising them how they can get involved in the event.

Coun Jane Scott, leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I’m delighted Wiltshire is going to be part of one of the most exciting events in the cycling calendar.

“Having such a high profile event race through our streets is a huge boost for the county and also supports our own ongoing legacy work to bring communities together, boost the economy and encourage more people to be active.”

More than 100 top international cyclists, including the British national squad, will take part in the event, which attracts more than 1.5m spectators in total and runs from September 7 to 14.

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6:16pm Tue 3 Jun 14

jezercalne says...

Really good news that a top sporting event is coming through our region. Support and enjoy!
Really good news that a top sporting event is coming through our region. Support and enjoy! jezercalne
  • Score: 8

8:43am Wed 4 Jun 14

Dr H Z Hackenbush says...

Will they be keeping to the speed limit going through BOA..... perhaps the idiot "Lorry Watch" could do "speeding Bike Watch" for the day!!!

Any hoo, great news and nice one for Mr Chammings organising it!
Will they be keeping to the speed limit going through BOA..... perhaps the idiot "Lorry Watch" could do "speeding Bike Watch" for the day!!! Any hoo, great news and nice one for Mr Chammings organising it! Dr H Z Hackenbush
  • Score: -13

9:17am Wed 4 Jun 14

garybillington says...

jezercalne wrote:
Really good news that a top sporting event is coming through our region. Support and enjoy!
I'm not sure how this has managed to receive negative votes. Even though a small part of me hopes I don't need to get into town on the day it's happening, I have to admit that events like this can only be a good thing.
[quote][p][bold]jezercalne[/bold] wrote: Really good news that a top sporting event is coming through our region. Support and enjoy![/p][/quote]I'm not sure how this has managed to receive negative votes. Even though a small part of me hopes I don't need to get into town on the day it's happening, I have to admit that events like this can only be a good thing. garybillington
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Garden1 says...

It is a good thing. It should help to give the local economy an early autumn boost. Having witnessed the spectacle in 2012 and 2013 (because I just happened to be in Norfolk and Surrey respectively, coinciding with the race) I would advise potential spectators that it is very much a 'blink and you'll miss it' moment. Forty minutes of motorcycle outriders leap-frogging eachother is swiftly followed by a blaze of colour on two wheels closely followed by the back-up cars in hot pursuit. Then nothing. It's all in the anticipation you know.
See you all there . . .
It is a good thing. It should help to give the local economy an early autumn boost. Having witnessed the spectacle in 2012 and 2013 (because I just happened to be in Norfolk and Surrey respectively, coinciding with the race) I would advise potential spectators that it is very much a 'blink and you'll miss it' moment. Forty minutes of motorcycle outriders leap-frogging eachother is swiftly followed by a blaze of colour on two wheels closely followed by the back-up cars in hot pursuit. Then nothing. It's all in the anticipation you know. See you all there . . . Garden1
  • Score: -5

8:10pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Room101 says...

They would have to improve the roads around here. It's bad enough riding for pleasure, for them it would be murder.
They would have to improve the roads around here. It's bad enough riding for pleasure, for them it would be murder. Room101
  • Score: 15

7:48am Thu 5 Jun 14

ricspeck says...

Brilliant news; it just shows what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and tenacity; just the sort of boost the town needs. I agree with Garden1 though, don't blink, you might miss it ….. it's all in the build up.
Brilliant news; it just shows what can be achieved with a bit of imagination and tenacity; just the sort of boost the town needs. I agree with Garden1 though, don't blink, you might miss it ….. it's all in the build up. ricspeck
  • Score: -9

10:07am Thu 5 Jun 14

Tanglefoot1 says...

I hope they stop at all the RED traffic lights,and stick to the speed limit,and also keep off the pavement.
I hope they stop at all the RED traffic lights,and stick to the speed limit,and also keep off the pavement. Tanglefoot1
  • Score: 0

5:19pm Thu 5 Jun 14

the optimist says...

Room101 wrote:
They would have to improve the roads around here. It's bad enough riding for pleasure, for them it would be murder.
I am now jealous?

I bet you anything Wiltshire Council will find money to resurface the route before the day, tidy up the rubbish and replace all the broken signs.

Its probable they will also double the car park charge and put bollards along the road to make everyone use them?

I bet WT will also print the obligatory photo of the Council leader enjoying the race?
Its surprising what could happen with the right motivation?
[quote][p][bold]Room101[/bold] wrote: They would have to improve the roads around here. It's bad enough riding for pleasure, for them it would be murder.[/p][/quote]I am now jealous? I bet you anything Wiltshire Council will find money to resurface the route before the day, tidy up the rubbish and replace all the broken signs. Its probable they will also double the car park charge and put bollards along the road to make everyone use them? I bet WT will also print the obligatory photo of the Council leader enjoying the race? Its surprising what could happen with the right motivation? the optimist
  • Score: 23

6:35pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Mrs Mint says...

Well done to Inspector Chammings for helping to make this happen. I'm not a fan of cycling, but the opportunity to get a glance of the legend that is Wiggo is too good to miss.
Well done to Inspector Chammings for helping to make this happen. I'm not a fan of cycling, but the opportunity to get a glance of the legend that is Wiggo is too good to miss. Mrs Mint
  • Score: 4

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