TT Course Info
The TT is always a popular event and following on from the hugely successful Centenary TT Festival we expect the Island’s roads to be as busy as ever for TT 2013. With the extra traffic on the roads it’s vitally important that all motorists are aware of changes to the roads that make up the TT course.
The uniqueness of this road racing event creates safety issues that you might not automatically think about.
Here are a few tips to help you enjoy TT 2013:
- The TT Course is entirely comprised of public roads, and these roads are closed during racing. However, it is important to remember that when the roads are open, both residents and visitors use these same sections of the course for their day-to-day activities. Be prepared for regular traffic on the Course when the roads are open, including queues at roundabouts and junctions.
- You might be tempted to ‘open up’ your machine on long stretches of road, but for the safety of other road users, please drive well within your capabilities and be mindful of your surroundings – expect the unexpected.
- On right-hand bends make sure that both yourself and your machine are behind the centre white line – not just your tyres.
- The TT attracts visitors from far and wide, many of whom may not be used to riding on the lefthand side of the road. With this in mind, please take extra care when approaching areas where their journey might start, for example campsites.
- Any driving ban imposed by an Isle of Man Court is applicable in the UK as there is now a reciprocal ban agreement in place – so a moment of madness could cost you dear in the long term.
- In addition to watching the racing, you will probably want to enjoy the many attractions on offer around the Island. Naturally you may fancy the odd beer or two, but if you are going to enjoy the local brew then please leave your bike where you are staying. Alternatively stick to a non-alcoholic drink as: Riding + Alcohol + Unfamiliar Roads = Injury + Misery
Windy Corner – the improvements made prior to 2006 have made the corner less sharp and the visibility towards the 33rd is also better, but a careful approach is still warranted. After Brandywell, the road is gently downhill so your speed increase can go unnoticed - and if you run wide no amount of tread on your tyres is going to stick to the grass. And remember - it’s not called Windy Corner for nothing; the gusts from your right hand side can throw you off line!
Where’s the corner gone? Well it’s still here but it’s a little further down the road, the surface is great, the visibility is great, but the junction from the left is likely to have more traffic emerging from it. Once through the corner the traffic starts to back up as you approach the decreasing speed limits going into Onchan and remember the road is two-way on this stretch. The Road may say quick, but the traffic and police say otherwise!
Extensive roadwork at Governor’s Bridge has been completed and includes a full-sized conventional roundabout. The roundabout includes a raised island in the centre which will not be removed for the TT festival period. The new carriageway from Governor’s Bridge to the Nook is now open and the old section of the road has been retained for use only during racing.
Two mini roundabouts have been constructed at the Jubilee Oak and Saddle Road to ease traffic congestion and to balance the flow of traffic at these busy junctions. The carriageway has been widened at both junctions to allow two lanes of traffic to approach from each direction. Please be aware that during busy periods there could be slow moving traffic when travelling towards Braddan Bridge.
The road layout from the approach into Parliament Square from the Laxey coast has been altered. At the traffic lights there are now two lanes, the left lane is for vehicles turning left onto Lezayre Road and going straight on and the right lane is for vehicle turning into Parliament Street. Vehicles turning right out of Lezayre Road at the traffic lights should be aware that there may be vehicles in the right lane waiting to turn into Parliament Street so a wider line may be needed.