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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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More than 50 people will turn Barrow into race circuit

A HUGE amount of work will be put in to transform a large section of Barrow town centre into a cycle racing track.

Cumbria County Council staff will start the process, before handing over to the team from event organisers SweetSpot.

Council cycling officer Mark Brierley said: “The roads will be shut down starting at 7am and it will be a phased closing.

“As they are closed down, we will hand them over to the organisers of the event, who turn up with lorry-loads of kit, barrier off the roads and put in the hospitality and catering facilities and the PA system around the course.

“And then the TV company will come along and start putting cameras on corners, and all that infrastructure will go in around the circuit.

“We’re hoping the whole thing should be finished before 1.30pm.

“It will only take them the best part of six hours to do it – it’s quite a slick operation.

“Also, the street cleaners will be out at the crack of dawn to do a sweep of the circuit before we give it to the organisers to start locking it down.

“Overall, there will be upwards of 50 people, if not more, working on it.”

To ensure the cyclists have a smooth ride, Mr Brierley said the council has done a “sweep of the potholes”.

He added: “But the main thing we’ve done is change the kerb layout outside the town hall.

“Where the bus shelter is, they’ve extended the drop kerbs to accommodate all the cyclists and it is now about two metres wider.

“We’ve done something similar on the police station side of the square as well.”

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