Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Closures Looming as Town Prepares for Cycling Spectacular

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Road Closures Looming as Town Prepares for Cycling Spectacular

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Byline: Mike Brown Reporter

BUSINESS owners claim road closures for a national cycle race will mean they could lose a day's income.

The British Cycling National Road-Race Championships begin today, which will see main routes from Stockton to Ingleby Barwick closed.

Businesses on the Preston Farm Industrial Estate say they will struggle due to main road closures. But Stockton Council say it is a "privilege" for the race to be held in the borough, and said that access to and from the estate will be maintained.

Mike King, who has run the Feedall pet food store for 14 years, said he is shutting up shop.

Mr King, who claims he was only notified about the closures a week ago, said: "It's not worth me opening the shop up.

"It will be the first day in 14 years that I've had to close, and I will lose out on a day's income. I've also had to rearrange deliveries.

"My tax and rent is going up, the minimum wage is going up; I need to earn more - so this will be a blow.

"I'm a big cycling fan; I cycle myself, and bringing big races to the town is good - but it is the wrong decision bringing it through an industrial estate on a Thursday."

The main road through the industrial estate, most of Stockton town centre, and Myton Way, The Rings and Lowfields Avenue in Ingleby Barwick will be closed from 9am to 9pm.

Mr King said a lot of his business comes from Ingleby Barwick, and that the remaining route towards the estate will be clogged with traffic.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton Council's cabinet member for regeneration and transport, said: "The British Cycling National Road Championships is a much-anticipated and prestigious event and we are privileged that it is being held here.

"The eyes of the sporting world will be focusing on Stockton over the next few days and it is really important that road closures are in place to keep both riders and spectators safe during this large-scale event.

"We appreciate that road closures may cause delays and will add pressure to neighbouring routes.

"However, access to and from Preston Farm Industrial Estate will be maintained throughout the festival. …

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