With the countdown to The Tour of Britain well underway, it’s time to start thinking about the best places to watch the UK’s biggest cycle race.
The Tour comes to Knowsley on Monday, 8 September and Knowsley Safari and the streets along the route will be lined with spectators hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the world’s top cyclists as they compete in Stage Two of the race.
The cyclists will depart from Knowsley Safari at 10.15am (last entry to the safari park is 9.45am). If you want to catch the race start, shuttle buses will be provided from Prescot bus station to Knowsley Safari from 8am to 9.30am, departing approximately every 10 minutes. Return buses will also be provided once the race has departed the safari park.
As well as providing an opportunity to see the riders before the race, in the cycling village, there will be a range of activities taking place at Knowsley Safari including the park’s popular sea lion show.
If you want to catch the action along the route, the cyclists will depart Knowsley Safari, turn left along Prescot bypass, right onto St Helens Road, right onto High Street, left onto Church Street, through Market Place, onto Sewell Street, Cables Way, Carr Lane and left onto Huyton Lane. It will then travel along Archway Road, turning left onto Tarbock Road and right onto Whitefield Lane turning left at the end. Riders will then travel along Netherley Road, turn left onto Water Lane, continuing onto Alder Lane, turning right onto Cronton Road, travelling into Halton before continuing to Llandudno.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, said, “There is an exciting buzz in the air as we edge closer to welcoming the world-famous cycle race to Knowsley, and people will already be planning where to go to get the best view of this spectacular race.
“People may want to watch the Tour as it passes by their houses, shops and businesses. There is also an opportunity to use the shuttle bus from Prescot Town Centre to get to the start at the Safari Park and of course people can also drive to the Knowsley Safari and maybe take the opportunity to go around the safari drive itself after the race has left. We are expecting yet another fantastic turn-out as schools, residents, businesses and local community groups join together to welcome the Tour of Britain to Knowsley.”