Stage Five of this year’s Tour of Britain cycle race takes place in Suffolk on Thursday 7 September – starting and finishing on Felixstowe seafront.
Full route details and timings can be found on the Tour of Britain Stage Five website.
To ensure safety for the race, it will be necessary to close some roads in Felixstowe, and to suspend parking in Felixstowe and some of the towns and villages on the route.
To minimise inconvenience, we will endeavour to remove cones and lift restrictions as soon as possible after the race has passed through.
From Monday 21 August, parking suspension signs will be positioned in areas where on-street parking restrictions will apply for the event. ‘No waiting’ cones will then be put in position on Wednesday 6 September. Please ensure vehicles are removed from these areas before restrictions apply.
There will also be a rolling road closure in operation across the route for around 15 minutes before the estimated time of arrival until approximately 10 minutes after the last rider has passed.
Sea Road (from Beach Station Road to Undercliff Road West); Cavendish Street (from Sea Road to Manning Road); Beach Station Road – road closures and parking suspensions apply from 11.59pm on Wednesday 6 September until 7pm on Thursday 7 September.
Undercliff Road West (from Convalescent Hill to Spa Pavilion) – closed from 11.59pm on Wednesday 6 September until 7pm on Thursday 7 September. Access for Spa Pavilion users and residents with off-street parking.
Undercliff Road West (from Langer Road to Convalescent Hill) – lane closure and one-way system in place. Road closed from 10.15am-11am and 2.45pm-3.45pm.
Garrison Lane; High Road and High Street, Walton – parking suspension from 9.30am-4.30pm.
Parking suspensions (11.30am-2.30pm unless stated):
B1119 Saxstead Road (from junction of Brandeston Road to Earl Soham Primary School) from 12pm- 2.30pm
B1119 Saxstead Road (for 200m before school to Pembroke Road)
B1116 College Road (from junction of Mount Pleasant to junction of Bridge Street)
Bridge Street to B1119 Saxmundham Road
Parking suspensions (11.30am-3pm):
B1119 Rendham Road (from junction of Fairfield Road to Chapel Road)
B1119 Chapel Road
B1119 Fairfield Road
Parking suspension (12pm to 3pm):
B1119 Waterloo Avenue (from junction of St Margaret’s Crescent to junction of B1122 Station Road)
Parking suspension (1pm-4pm):
B1438 Melton Road, near side only (from Coach and Horses pub to junction of Old Maltings Approach)
Sandy Lane (from junction of B1438 Ipswich Road for 200m)
All timings are approximate and indicate when the race is expected to enter each Town/Village.
|Location of start/finish line|
|Sea Road, Felixstowe IP11 2AE|
|When planning your journey|
Road traffic and travel updates available on the National Highways website.
Public transport updates available on the Travel Line website or app.
|Felixstowe By Train|
The Ipswich to Felixstowe line is part of the East Suffolk Lines community rail partnership. Further information at the East Suffolk Lines website.
|Felixstowe By Bus|
FirstGroup operates frequent bus services on routes 75 and 77 between Ipswich and Felixstowe. In addition, there is an express bus service, the X7, which runs at various times of the day from Monday to Saturday. For further information (including timetables) please visit the FirstGroup website.
|Felixstowe By Car|
Due to road closures and limited parking, please consider parking outside the town and completing your journey by train or bus.
There is no dedicated spectator parking for this event. Find the nearest car park.
Where parking charges apply, East Suffolk Council operates the RingGo service.
The Promenade car park, the Pier car park and Undercliff Road West car park will be closed on the seafront on 7 September.
If you do need to drive, please park responsibly. Do not park on the race routes, in lay-bys or on verges.
Please note there is no dedicated Blue Badge parking that can be booked in advance. You will need to make use of existing provision within Felixstowe. These will fill up quickly and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis only.
|Felixstowe By Ferry|
The Harwich Harbour Foot and Bicycle Ferry runs from the John Bradfield Viewing Area at Felixstowe to Harwich and Shotley. It is the only public ferry service connecting Suffolk and Essex. The ferry operates from the 29 March to 31 October 2023. Please visit the website for full timings and fares. It is advisable to buy tickets online in advance. The ferry will only operate in safe weather.
Telephone: 01728 666329
|Felixstowe By Bicycle|
Felixstowe sits on Sustrans Route 51 (part of the National Cycle Network).
Download a copy of the Felixstowe Cycle Map.
There is dedicated bicycle parking in the tour village for up to 300 bikes.
|Be a Spectator Champion|
We’d love to see your photos on social media. Don’t forget to tag #tasteofthetour #lovefelixstowe and #TourOfBritain.
Make sure to stay behind the course boundary and stay safe.
If you’re planning to watch the action along the route, please don’t park on the race routes, in lay-bys or on road verges. Don’t get in the way of the peloton or individual riders.
When enjoying the race at the start and along the course, keep to the paths (where available), respect the local community and take your rubbish with you when you leave.
Keep dogs on leads.
Don’t impede the barriers or branding.
Remember, taking selfies is fun, but turning your back on the race is never a good idea. Please face the oncoming riders and race convoy at all times.