Tour de France 2024: how to get around and where to park in Agen on July 12?

Tour de France 2024: how to get around and where to park in Agen on July 12?
Tour de France 2024: how to get around and where to park in Agen on July 12?

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Traffic restrictions are in place in Agen for the passage of the Tour. Here is everything you need to know to avoid being surprised by the passing of the peloton!

The Tour de France is getting closer! The peloton, with the frenzy that surrounds it, continues its journey in the Alps, and will pass through Agen, the departure town, on July 12.

Three no parking zones

Make your arrangements! From July 11 at 2 p.m., parking is prohibited in the entire Gravier sector. The start village and the entertainment village will be set up there; and the fictitious start will be given on July 12 at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Subway, avenue du Général de Gaulle. For its part, the Tour caravan will set off two hours before the riders.

Starting at 10pm on Thursday, parking will also be prohibited along the entire length of the Tour de France route: 4 kilometres of parade through the streets of Agen, including Boulevard Scaliger, in front of the SNCF train station, Boulevard de la Liberté and then on the Pont de Pierre before the actual start in Roquefort. The ban will be lifted on Friday at the end of the afternoon at 4pm for all restricted areas, except Avenue Général De Gaulle (6pm).

Park and ride facilities and shuttles set up

The Tempo bus network is interrupted between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 12. “We wanted to provide a service before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. for people who work,” assures the city hall. Eight park-and-ride lots are proposed as a replacement, for a total of 4,000 spaces. Tour fans will be able to be transported to the city center and the departure village by free shuttles, accessible to people with reduced mobility and running every 7 to 10 minutes.

The shuttle between the ENAP car park and the police station, in Gravier, will be launched on Thursday. 150 spaces are specifically reserved for camper vans, in the car park of the racecourse and that of the livestock market. It will also be possible to go to the departure area by bike: two guarded bike parks are planned, one of which requires reservation.

Restricted traffic

There are two distinct zones: a “sanctuary” zone, as claimed by Mayor Jean Dionis, that is to say the city centre. Here, you can move around but it is impossible to enter or leave on 12 July between 10:30 and 14:30. Le Gravier is an exception: it will be impossible to move around from 6 am on Friday, and from 6 pm on Thursday for Avenue du Général De Gaulle.

Three “shear points” will allow pedestrians to pass between the “sanctuary zone” and the outside, except between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. All roads will reopen on Friday at 2:30 p.m., except Avenue du Général De Gaulle, which will be closed until 6 p.m. “Life has to get back to normal: the runners leave at 1:30 p.m. and the bans are lifted at 2:30 p.m.,” explains Jean Dionis.

Access to transport is complicated

The bus station is being moved to the Paul Picketty Bridge. Access can be made on foot from the station. Bus connections will also be significantly disrupted. For obvious reasons, no buses will run on 12 July on the Agen-Pau route. Regional traffic will be reduced, and will take place mainly at the ends of the day. No disruption is expected to rail traffic, however; note however that the station will only be accessible by car via the car park.

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