RESIDENTS across Dudley are being invited to support a cycling event which will go through the borough in August as part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

The time trial event will see cyclists whizzing through familiar streets on Thursday August 4 as a significant part of the route passes through the borough.

The race starts and finishes in Wolverhampton, but much of the course will run along the streets of Dudley, taking in key sites such as Himley Hall and Coronation Gardens.

The route runs through Dudley town centre from Birmingham New Road and passes Coronation Gardens and Stone Street Square. It also takes in Sedgley and Gornal before heading past historic Himley Hall.

A number of road closures have been announced this week to help the event go ahead safely.

The following roads will be closed (in full unless stated) from 5am to 6pm on August 4:

A459 into Sedgley Bull Ring – Sedgley

Dudley Street (A459), High Holborn – Sedgley

Tipton Street / Sedgley Road (A457) – Sedgley, Upper Gornal & Woodsetton

Birmingham New Road, northbound lanes between the A457 and A4037 – Upper Gornal & Woodsetton

Priory Road (A4168) – Castle & Priory

The Broadway (A459) – Castle & Priory

Birmingham Street, Ednam Road, Priory Road, Priory Street, St. James’s Road (between Trinity Road and Stone Street), Parsons Street, Ednam Road, Priory Road (to The Broadway) – St. James’s

The Broadway (A459), Priory Road to Ednam Road – Upper Gornal & Woodsetton

Burton Road (between Traquain Drive and the A459) – Upper Gornal

Burton Road, Kent Street, Clarence Street, Dudley Street – Upper Gornal Moden Hill – Upper Gornal & Woodsetton, Sedgley Catholic Lane – Sedgley Gospel End Street, Gospel End Road, Cotwall End Road – Sedgley Straits Road – Gornal Summit Place, Gornal Brick Kiln Road – Gornal Himley Road (between Guys Lane and Dudley Road, B1476) – Gornal

Councillor Patrick Harley, council leader elect, said: "This is a significant event through the heart of Dudley and gives us an opportunity to showcase what we have in the borough on an international stage.

"This is our opportunity to be part of a global event and I am delighted we have been chosen to do that.

"It will of course naturally cause some disruption to roads while it is on, so I would urge people to check out the list of road closures and plan their journeys accordingly."

As well as the road closures, there will also be temporary traffic management measures and parking restrictions in place around the day of the event to ensure public safety.

Further information is available on the Commonwealth Games website.

A series of meetings will be held at Dudley Council House and Dudley Town Hall on May 19, 25 and 26 which people can attend virtually or in person to find out more.

The meeting details are as follows, with the link for people to attend virtually:

Thursday May 19: Dudley Town Hall, 11am to 1pm

Thursday May 19: Online only, 2pm to 3pm

Thursday May 19: Dudley Town Hall, 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Wednesday May 25: Online businesses only event, 7am to 8.30am

Thursday May 26: Queen Victoria Primary School, Sedgley (Sedgley businesses only event), 5pm to 7pm

Information on road closures and traffic restrictions will also be added to the Commonwealth Games hub on the council website

The meetings have been arranged to discuss the road closures and the impact on vulnerable people and businesses of “strategic importance” such as GP surgeries and supermarkets.

Games organisers will also be making direct contact with residents and businesses on the roads affected, and those on marooned or landlocked neighbouring roads.

They will be making people aware of the closures as well as offering advice on how to prepare for the disruption caused by the time trials.