ROAD closures in Stratford for the Aviva Women’s Tour could have a serious knock-on effect for taxi drivers.
The Stratford Taxi Association (STA) have voiced their concerns about Thursday’s (June 16) planned road closures as the world’s best cyclists finish their 140km ride in the town centre.
Warwickshire County Council predict the event, which will be subject to road closures throughout the afternoon, could draw in as many as 10,000 spectators to the town.
The elite cyclists are expected to arrive around 1.30pm and cross the finish line on Bridge Street by 2pm.
But the STA are worried about the impact of the road closures will mean drivers may not be able to reach elderly and disabled customers who rely on the door-to-door service taxis provide.
Traffic will have to avoid the town centre meaning school buses, delivery vehicles and commuters will all be using the same diversion routes.
They say road closures are becoming too commonplace in the town and temporary blue badge parking, bus stops and taxi ranks should be put in place to minimise disruption to the services and their customers.
The roads which will be closed are:
– Bridge Street between Bridgefoot and Wood Street
– High Street between Sheep Street and Bridge Street
– Sheep Street between Waterside and High Street
– Waterside, between Bridge Street and Chapel Lane
– Shipston Road between the junction with Seven Meadows Road and Banbury Road
– Wood Street from Meer Street to Bridge Street
– Henley Street between Bridge Street and Meer Street
– Union Street between Bridge Street and Guild Street.