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Fort William Parking and Traffic Plans for UCI Downhill World Cup 

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The WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series Fort William is back at Nevis Range, from 3–5 May 2024. 

Nevis Range will host the opening downhill round on the calendar.  

Advance ticket booking is advised as the most sought-after tickets sell out fast, so grab yours now and secure your spot at the Fort William World Cup.

Tickets and full event details can be found on the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series website

Parking and transport plans are as follows:

  • Park and ride will operate from Blar Mhor and Glen Spean Brewery.
  • A 30mph speed limit will be in place between Fort William and Spean Bridge.
  • Lay-bys will be closed – any cars illegally parked will be removed.

There will be no parking available at the Rural Complex other than for event teams and officials i.e., no public parking at all at the Rural Complex. 

This means that no vehicles, other than those with an official pass, will be allowed to turn off on to the access road.

Police will control the A82 / Nevis Range access road junction to ensure traffic is kept moving. 

There will be a system in place to reduce impact on businesses at the Rural Complex and the Quarry.

An extended bike park has been created at Nevis Range to encourage people to cycle to the event.

The West End Car Park in Fort William will be closed for the Scottish Six Days Trial event from 2 – 12 May 2024.

A multi-agency partnership approach has been used to ensure all necessary plans are in place, so that visitors and residents get to enjoy this spectacular event. 

Partners include the event organiser Warner Bros Discovery (who are new to managing the UCI events); emergency services; roads authorities and licensing to ensure safe, well organised event and parking and transport plans are in place and to help mitigate travel disruption.

It is important for the public to be aware that while this spectacular event will showcase Lochaber to the world, the Nevis Range event is no larger in terms of audience sizes than any previous year. 

Saturday and Sunday will be at capacity and the general area will also be very busy with bank holiday visitors as well as the build up to the Scottish Six Days Trial which has its opening parade in Fort William High Street on Sunday 5 May at 3pm.

People travelling to the event or within the Fort William/Lochaber area the weekend of 3-5 May 2024, should plan-ahead and add extra journey time to any travel plans.

Information on road closures, park and ride and general event details for the Fort William events, including links to the official website can be found here – UCI Mountain Bike World Series | Home (ucimtbworldseries.com)   

Information on the Scottish Six Days Trial event can be found here – Scottish Six Days Trial | SSDT 

To allow this ticketed event to take place, The Highland Council has granted an exemption under section 11(9) of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, to exclude the race and spectator’s areas from public access. 

The Order will take effect from 8:00am on 1 May 2024 and will be in force until 20:00pm on Sunday 5 May 2024.

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