Police in Armagh and Newry are welcoming the Giro d’Italia on to local roads and thoroughfares on Sunday, 11 May.
A number of events and celebrations have been planned to take place over the entire weekend and police are asking for the community’s support to ensure that everyone is able to make the most of a safe and enjoyable event.
Superintendent Simon Walls, local commander for the event, said: “We are delighted to welcome the renowned Giro d’Italia on to our roads and we have been involved in months of planning with partners to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.
“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the spectacle of this world renowned race and are asking for the support of the local community to ensure the event passes without incident.
“Roads in Armagh through Loughgall, Richhill, Hamiltonsbawn, Markethill, Tassagh, Keady, Newtownhamilton and Forkhill will be closed on a phased basis from between 7am and 10am on Sunday morning until approximately 2pm. More specific detail about closure times has been circulated to householders by the event organisers, NITB. It is essential that all roads are clear from vehicles and that no one parks on any of the planned routes. Any car found parked on the route will be moved by police.
“It is also important to note that only cyclists involved in the race will be allowed on the planned route. These roads are not open to cyclists who are not racing.
“Our advice to those who wish to see the race is, make plans early, leave early and use public transport where possible.
“We will do our utmost to keep disruption to an absolute minimum however anyone travelling on the road network should allow extra time for their journey.
“We hope everyone makes the most of the full programme of events over the weekend.”
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