A Luton resident has voiced her concerns over the closure of a number of Luton roads for the Love Luton half marathon on Sunday, October 26.
The road closures will be from 7am till 7pm and are anticipated to be in place from 9.30am till 1.30pm.
Joanne Stuckey, said: “I am utterly amazed at the complete shutdown of all roads leading in and out of Bushmead. There is physically no way of driving from any of the access/feeder roads.
“I visit Bushmead every weekend, yet will not be able to next Sunday.
“My 74-year-old dad has a hospital appointment that morning. How can a whole community be cut off? Surely there has to be at least one route open in or out?
“This is highly disrespectful and insulting. Signs on a lamppost are not enough when a complete closure of the area is due to happen.
“I have heard that Christchurch has decided not to open that morning because of the road closures. Why should they have to do that?”
Barnfield Avenue, Bridge Street, Bushmead Road, Cutenhoe Road, George Street, Gleneagles Drive, Hancock Drive, Hawkfields, Kingsdown Avenue, Old Bedford Road, Osborne Road, Park Street and Ringwood Road will all be closed.
Parts of other roads will also be closed.
Cromer Way, from its junction with Old Bedford Road to its junction with Lorimer Close; Guildford Street, from its junction with Bridge Street to its junction with Old Bedford Road; London Road, from its junction with Tennyson Road to its junction with Ludlow Avenue; Manchester Street, from its junction with Gordon Street to its junction with George Street and Stockingstone Road, from its junctions with Manton Drive to its junction with Wychwood Avenue will also be closed.
Linsey Frostick, chair of Love Luton, said: “Runners have a maximum of three hours to complete the event, and the road closures will be lifted by an experienced convoy of marshals following immediately behind the race.
“Having a traffic-free and safe course for runners allows the town to develop a prestigious event which can showcase Luton in a positive light.
“We thank everyone for their understanding, apologise for any inconvenience caused, and hope that residents come out and support runners as they go past.”