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The Tour de France in Littleborough - what you need to know

The Tour de France is the most famous road race in cycling. Photo: PA

The world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, will pass through the North West this Sunday and thousands of people are expected to enjoy the spectacle.

How the Le Tour will reach Littleborough Credit:

Approximately 1km of the Stage 2 route will pass into Littleborough, near Rochdale, along a section of B6138 and the A58 adjacent to Blackstone Edge reservoir.

  • Spectators are advised to be in their viewing position by 10.30am.
  • The caravan will arrive at 11.30am.
  • The race is scheduled to arrive at approximately 1.45pm.

The route includes a sharp bend which will slow the tour down and maximise viewing opportunities.

Rochdale is the only place in the North West to host part of the race.

The route in Littlebrough. Credit: Rochdale Borough Council

“The Tour de France is one of the most exciting sports events in the UK this year and it is fantastic that we are part of it.

"We are encouraging people to get all the information they’ll need and make the most of this unique event.”

– Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council


Walking and cycling routes from Hollingworth Lake, Littleborough Rail Station and along the Rochdale Canal will be signposted.


There will be additional buses from Rochdale Transport Interchange to Littleborough from 7am on 6 July. Visit for the timetable.

From 8am free shuttle buses will be operating from Littleborough train station, taking passengers to the White House pub. From there it is a short 10 minute walk to the route the Tour de France will take.


Metrolink will be adding extra carriages to its Rochdale services from 7am, with passengers advised to travel to Rochdale Town Centre (Transport Interchange) and then take a direct bus to Littleborough. For those who want a longer walk, you can depart at Milnrow, Newhey or Kingsway. Visit for the timetable.


Northern Rail will be adding extra capacity to trains in the area, there will be a more frequent service running from Manchester to Littleborough via Rochdale, and from 8am free shuttle buses from Littleborough train station to the White House pub, a short 10 minute walk from the race. Visit for the timetable.

Car parking

Car parking in Littleborough will be extremely limited, so drivers are advised to park in Rochdale town centre car parks and take the bus to Littleborough.

Le Tour is the world's biggest free sporting event. Credit: Rochdale Borough Council

Road closures

From midnight on 3 July stopping will not be permitted on the A58 Halifax Road from its easterly junction with Blackstone Edge Old Road to the borough boundary including Turvin Road. Both sections of road will be closed completely from 6:30 am on the race day.

The A58 Halifax Road up to Turvin Road will be closed completely from its junction with Blackstone Edge Old Road from 6:30am on Sunday 6 July. The remainder of Halifax Road and the B6225 Hollingworth Road will close mid-morning. All other roads in Rochdale will remain open to traffic, however they will likely become more congested the closer you travel to the race time.

At 6:30 am on Sunday 6 July Turvin Road( B6138) and the A58 Halifax Road from its junction with Blackstone Edge Old Road will be closed to all traffic. Travel between Rochdale and Ripponden / Halifax via the White House will not be available, nor will you be able to travel through Hebden Bridge as this also forms part of the race route.

There will be no entry at the westerly junction of Blackstone Edge Old Road (The Rake) from 6:30am on the race day creating a circulatory route clockwise via Halifax Road and into Blackstone Edge Old Road to exit back onto Halifax Road at The Rake.

For more information visit the website of Rochdale Borough Council.

Transport for Greater Manchester is also providing information and advice.

Details of the full route are also available at the Tour de France website.

Visit ITV Calendar for comprehensive coverage of the Tour in Yorkshire.

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