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City centre plan for Tour of Britain Grand Depart

On Sunday 4 September, the Tour of Britain Grand Depart will leave from George Square for the first time in ten years, and will be followed by the exciting Sky Ride Glasgow on the same day.

These events are at the heart of an incredible year of sport in Glasgow and will see some of the world's very best riders and teams make their way to the city - as well as creating opportunities for residents and visitors to get involved in the fun.

In order to ensure the safety of participants and spectators, traffic management plans will be put in place. These plans have been made with minimal disruption in mind, however road closures and diversions will be required to form the routes for both events.

City centre parking restrictions will be active on the race route from 4pm on Saturday 3 September, and will remain in place until approximately 7pm on Sunday 4 September.

Joe Aitken, Glasgow Life's Head of Events, said: "With thousands of people expected to line the streets to watch the Tour of Britain Grand Depart and take part in Sky Ride Glasgow, our city will take centre stage in the sporting world.

"As with any event of this size, changes to services and the introduction of traffic management measures will be in place - but we've made these plans with our residents and businesses in mind. Roads will be closed for the least amount of time possible, and we'll have our teams on hand to open them to the public as soon as it is safe to do so."

A full list of road closures and a route map is available on, and a dedicated telephone line (0141 287 8080) and email address ( has been set up for residents/businesses affected.

pdf icon SkyRide 2016 Route map [256kb]

pdf icon Tour of Britain map 2016 [395kb]

Road closures
Glasgow Life has contacted affected businesses and residents directly with information on how road closures may affect them. For further advice, residents and businesses are advised to contact Glasgow Life on 0141 287 8080 or

List of road closures - pdf icon road closures tour SkyRide [63kb]

Tour of Britain
Having last welcomed the Tour of Britain in 2008, Glasgow will host the Grand Depart of the opening stage, building on the success of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2013 British National Road Race Championships.

Sky Ride Glasgow
Sky Ride is a free mass participation cycling event that provides people of all ages and abilities with the opportunity to ride safely on traffic free roads. Since hosting its first Sky Ride event in 2009, more than 26,000 participants have taken part in the Glasgow event, helping increase the popularity of cycling in the city.

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