City centre road closure details for OVO Energy Tour Series

The seven-day countdown to the Aberdeen leg of the OVO Energy Tour Series has begun as the city prepares to welcome cycling’s elite for the action-packed event.

Marischal College will provide a stunning backdrop as part of a new route announced for the 16 May sporting spectacle.

The OVO Energy Tour Series will bring professional riders to the city to test themselves on circuits of a 1.3km course and also offers amateur competitors, including in corporate and youth categories, to sample the unique atmosphere created by the Aberdeen crowds.

Thousands lined the streets in 2017 and 2018 and to mark the third appearance in Aberdeen a refreshed route has been introduced. Riders will start and finish on Broad Street and race on a loop which takes in Union Street, Back Wynd, Belmont Street, Schoolhill and Upperkirkgate. The route map can be downloaded below.

To enable the event to be staged a number of road closures, parking and traffic restrictions will be in place next week. Some bus services will be subject to change and passengers are advised to check with operators when planning journeys.

Road closures:

From 6am on 16 May to 1am on 17 May: Union Street from Bridge Street to Broad Street; Broad Street from Union Street to Queen Street; King Street from East North Street to Castle Street; Castle Street from Marischal Street to Broad Street; Market Street from Hadden Street to Union Street; Back Wynd from Schoolhill to Union Street; Belmont Street from Union Street to Schoolhill; Little Belmont Street from Back Wynd to Belmont Street; Gaelic Lane from Back Wynd to Belmont Street; Gallowgate from Upperkirkgate to Littlejohn Street; Upperkirkgate from Schoolhill to Gallowgate; Queen Street from Broad Street to Town House car park entrance.

From 11.30am on 16 May to 1am on 17 May: Schoolhill from inset road to Upperkirkgate.

Parking restrictions:

All city centre car parks will be in operation but parking, including disabled parking, and waiting for any purpose on the following streets will be suspended.

From 6pm on 14 May to 4pm on 17 May: No waiting either side of Beach Boulevard between its east junction with Wales Street and its junction with Hanover Street, except for any vehicle associated with the OVO Energy Tour Series;

From 6pm on 14 May to 1am on 17 May: No parking on Back Wynd, with the exception of taxis which will operate until 5am on 16 May.

From 8pm on 14 May to 1am on 17 May: Union Terrace between its junctions with Union Street and Diamond Place (with the exception of taxis); Belmont Street from Schoolhill to Union Street; Little Belmont Street from Back Wynd to Belmont Street; Schoolhill pocket park; Schoolhill from Blackfriars Street to Upperkirkgate; Upperkirkgate between Schoolhill and Gallowgate; Queen Street; Concert Court; Adelphi; Flourmill Lane; St Catherine’s Wynd; Gaelic Lane.

Traffic restrictions:

There will be a suspension of the prohibition of right turns on the following roads.

From 5am on 16 May to 1am on 17 May: Union Street onto Bridge Street; Holburn Street onto Willowbank Road; Skene Street onto Rosemount Viaduct; Rosemount Viaduct onto Skene Terrace.

From 5am on 16 May to 1am on 17 May the no entry on Queen Street at its junction with West North Street will be suspended for police and court vehicles and the access only on Poultry Market Lane at its junction with Queen Street will be suspended for police, court and vehicles requiring access to adjacent premises. The one way restrictions on Shiprow and Exchequer Row will be suspended for the same period.