Tour of Britain in Prescot: Your Guide to Tuesday 17 September

By on Thursday, September 12, 2013


Stage 3 of the Tour of Britain passes right through the heart of historic Prescot.

The individual time trials on Tuesday 17 September begin at Knowsley Safari Park and take competitors through Prescot town centre, which will become a hub of visitor activity for the day.

The 10-mile circuit takes cyclists down the Prescot Bypass and along St Helens Road (A58), turning round at The Wellington pub and coming through High Street and Derby Street in the town centre.

The route continues through Knowsley Village before returning to the Safari Park.

Among the favourites to win the Prescot stage is Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins, who leads the Sky Pro Cycling team in this year’s contest.

The first rider sets off at 12 noon, the last at 2pm, providing spectators with approximately three hours of top quality sporting action.

prescot_producers_marketPrescot Town Centre Events

There’ll be lots for visitors to do in Prescot town centre. Between 11am and 3pm, Eccleston Street will be the scene of a street party, with tables and seating for tourists to take advantage of the town’s 15-plus food and drink outlets.

The 17th-century Prescot Parish Church will be open free to visitors for the day, while street entertainers and community group stalls will line the main shopping street.

To highlight the Townscape Heritage Initiative, workers will showcase wood carving and building skills, and local pottery uncovered from beneath Leyland Street will be on display.

Tour of Britain Road Closures in Prescot

Several roads on or near the cycling route will be closed to traffic on Tuesday 17 September.

Exits at Junction 2 of the M57 will be closed from 12 midnight to 3pm, with entry roads shutting between 10am and 3pm. Diversions will be signposted.

A detailed map of all road closures is available in this PDF document.

Parking for Tour of Britain Stage 3

Parking is available at Knowsley Safari Park at a charge of £5 (arrive before 10am), and supervised crossings of the A57 bypass will be conducted throughout the day, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to go to and from Prescot town centre via Knowsley Park Lane.

There will also be a free Park-and-Ride service from the King George V Leisure Centre on Longview Drive, Huyton.

The Prescot Shopping Centre car park will be unaffected by the tour route.

Free Shuttle Bus Service

Four free shuttle buses will be running to and from Prescot throughout the day. Click the route to see the timetables:

Stage 3 TV Coverage

If you’d rather not brave the crowds, you can watch the individual time trials live on TV or online.

The entire Tour of Britain will be broadcast live on ITV4 and British Eurosport. Alternatively, tune in to the live stream at

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