The Tour of Britain Visits CNDR

8 years ago

Stage 3 of the 2015 Tour of Britain cycle race visited the Carlisle Northern Development Route network in Cumbria this week, with crowds lining our roads to cheer on stars such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. This year’s race covers 1500km in eight stages finishing in central London.


The 216km Stage 3 started in Cockermouth on the northern edge of the Lake District, progressing along the CNDR roads of the A594 and A596 through Maryport before heading to the scenic Solway estuary. The race then rode along a section of the CNDR new road on its way to Carlisle, over the Scottish border, and north to the finish at Floors Castle in Kelso.


Much planning and liaison had taken place in the weeks and months before the race, with BBRCE, our O&M Contractor assisting Cumbria County Council and the Tour of Britain organisation ensuring that the event went smoothly. Final checks of the road conditions were carried out on the day by the operatives; these operatives were also on stand-by at key locations to deal with any last minute issues as the riders (and their considerable entourage of team cars!) along with the police escorts passed by.


The race briefly returned to CNDR on Stage 5 as it travelled from Prudhoe in Northumberland, crossing the eastern edge of our network, to a mountain top finish in the Pennines.


We are proud to have been a part of the event and my thanks goes to the wider team at BBRCE for assisting on the day.