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How to get to Penzance

As it is likely that lots of people will be coming to the town to watch or take part in the events for the Tour of Britain weekend people are being asked to try to use public transport, walk or cycle to the town where possible.

Options include:

Bus ::There are two bus companies with regular services to Penzance from the Lands’ End peninsula and across Cornwall, information on journey times can be found on their websites : gocornwallbus.co.uk / www.firstbus.co.uk

Coach: National Express and Megabus run coaches from major locations in the UK to Penzance.  https://uk.megabus.com/   https://www.nationalexpress.com/

Train : Direct trains to Penzance run from a number of cities including London, Bristol and Exeter. Connect with the St Ives Bay line at St Erth to travel to Penzance. gwr.com

Walk : Penzance is on the southwest coastpath, with walks in and through the town, if you are located close to the town please use these to get to the events if at all possible.

Cycle : As the weekend is celebrating cycling, people are being encouraged to bring their bike along and make use of the new shelters across the town or maybe take part in the demonstrations on how to maintain their bike.

Car:  Penzance has a number of car parks, the closest to the tour start is Harbour Car Park, Wharf Road. 

In areas where public parking is allowed, car parking spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis. People are therefore advised to arrive at their chosen location early or using public transport where available.

Where current traffic and parking arrangements could become a risk to the safety of spectators and riders, on-street parking restrictions will be put in place.

The following car parks will be affected by the event:

St Anthonys Garden Car Park, Battery Rd, will be closed from 4pm on 3 September until 8 am on 5 September.  From 8 am to 6pm it will be open for disabled parking only.

Wherry Town car park will be used for parking for racers taking part in the tour . As a result it will be closed for general parking from 4pm on 3 September until 6pm on 5 September.

Road closures

The traffic management plan has been designed to keep the town moving and race spectators and competitors safe. It includes a number of road closures both prior to and on the day of the race, together with rolling road closures following the tour racers as they progress through the town.

Road Closures

  • Western Promenade Rd from Alexandra Rd roundabout to Battery Rd – Closed from 16:00hrs Friday 3rd September to 18:00hrs Sunday 5th
  • Green St, Coinage Hall St and Battery Rd – Closed from 16:00hrs Friday 3rd September to 22:00hrs Saturday 4th September.
  • Remaining section of Battery Rd, Quay St and Wharf Rd to Ross Bridge closed 20:00hrs – 22:00 Saturday 4th September for Fireworks.
  • Western Promenade Rd from Alexandra Rd roundabout to Lidl and Alexandra Rd to Trewithian Rd closed from 07:00hrs to 12:00hrs Sunday 5th
  • Wharf Road and Gyratory – manned closure from 10:30hrs- 11:30hrs Sunday 5th September until race as passed through. Access to car park will be controlled through Bus station road entrance.
  • Battery Rd, The Quay, Wharf Rd, Albert Street, Market Jew Street, Greenmarket, Alverton St, Penalverne, Alverton Rd 11:00hrs – 12:00hrs Sunday September 5th rolling road closure for start of the race.

Additional on street parking restrictions will also be introduced along the route for the duration of the race.  These are:

No parking and no stopping

  • Western Promenade from Alexandra Rd to Battery Rd and Battery Rd – no parking or stopping from 16:00hrs Friday 3rd September to 18:00hrs Sunday 5th
  • Alexandra Rd from the bottom roundabout to Trewithian Rd junction no parking or stopping from 19:00hrs Saturday 4th September – 12:00hrs Sunday 5th
  • Western Promenade Rd from Lidl entrance to Alexandra Rd roundabout, Battery Rd, The Quay, Wharf Rd, Albert Street, Market Jew Street, Greenmarket, Alverton St, Penalverne, Alverton Rd no parking or stopping from 04:00hrs – 18:00hrs on Sunday September 5th.