Information for students: The Women’s tour, 4 October

We’ve been advised that The Women’s Tour (Bicester to Banbury) will be taking place on Monday 4 October, which may affect your journey to and from college.

The Women’s Tour is coming to Banbury and will finish right on our doorstep on Banbury South Bar. Women cycling

Due to the nature of the event, there may be some disruption, as road closures and parking restrictions will be needed to safely allow the cycling race to come through.

There will be a full closure on South Bar all day, with car park closures on the evening before. There will be times when the race passes where we will have to restrict all access to safely let the riders come through.

The cycling race is predicted to come into Banbury via the Broughton Road and West Bar Street at approximately 2pm and will then head out of Banbury on Bloxham Road before coming back along the Broughton Road again, for a predicted South Bar finish just after 3pm. There will be restrictions to access during these times.

Learn more about the route and any restrictions in this Women’s Cycle Tour letter

The full list of predicted timings for the Stage 1 route can be seen here.


Will my bus be affected?

If you come via bus, please check the following to see if your route will be affected:

Stagecoach: Banbury town network

Oxford Bus Company


Can I still drive to college?

If you usually drive to college, please consider alternative routes or options and allow yourself more time.

The following restrictions will be in place:

Broughton Road and West Bar Street.

Access to frontages only: 9am – 6pm.

On street parking/loading/waiting suspended*: 8am – 6pm.

Closed to all traffic at times to allow race to pass: Predicted to be between 2pm – 3pm (See race timings).

South Bar.

Road closed: 4.45am – 6pm.

Parking bays suspended*: From 9pm on Sunday 3rd October – 6pm Monday 4th October.


Beargarden Road

On street parking/ loading/ waiting suspended*: 8am – 6pm.


Calthorpe Street

Closed from the A361 to Farmfoods access road*: 4.45am – 6pm.

Calthorpe St West & East car parks closed*. 4am – 6pm.


Dashwood Road

No through road: 4.45am – 6pm.

On street parking/ loading/ waiting suspended* (South Bar End): 4.45am – 6pm.

One Way enforcement suspended (2- way street): 4am – 6pm.


St Johns Rd

No through road: 4.45am – 6pm.

On street parking/ loading/ waiting suspended* (South Bar End): 4.45am – 6pm.


High Street

On street parking/ loading/ waiting suspended from Calthorpe St and Horsefair*: 4.45am – 6pm.